A new documentary about The Duke of Edinburgh Award sheds light on the Royal’s James Bond-like ways.
Airing Monday night on ITV, “When Philip Met Prince Philip” marks the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and celebrates the man who so often lies in the shadow of his wife — Queen Elizabeth II.
In an interview with Joanna Lumley, the British actress opens up about the Prince’s adventurous ways. “I think he’s just an extraordinary character – he rides, sails, drives horses, fishes, swims,” she reveals. “He really could have been Bond and he was a naval commander as well, like Commander Bond.”
She continues, saying that “he’s incredibly good fun to be with, but he is quite shy, and I think sometimes some huge events I’ve see him go, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do that’ and I’ve actually heard him saying that but then he pulls himself together head up, chin out and off he goes.”
The documentary also goes on to reveal Kate Middleton’s connection to Prince Philip long before having met Prince William. The Duchess of Cambridge received the award when in high school after braving the elements to prepare a warm meal. “I can remember trying to cook bacon in the soaking wet,” Middleton shares in the television special. “Everything was just sopping and I was trying and trying to cook bacon. I remember saying you know what, ‘I think we’re just going to have plain sandwiches. Bread, basic bread and butter.'”
The charity, which was established in 1956 by the Duke himself, seeks to help young people develop the necessary skills to reach adulthood. “From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a D of E Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities,” the D of E website reads. “The D of E has a positive impact on young people’s lives, in terms of their personal development and employability, and on wider society, from charities gaining active and engaged volunteers to businesses hiring work-ready recruits.”