Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King

Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Pictured: Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth

The documentary Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King examines Prince Philip's chaotic upbringing and the tensions behind his marriage to Queen Elizabeth. 

Drawing upon unpublished memoirs, archival photographs and interviews with members of the royal family, the film reveals the inside story of the royal union – from the strategic matchmaking efforts of Philip’s ambitious uncle, Lord Mountbatten, to the political and personal strain caused by the prince’s German heritage. Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King will air Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7pm on WXXI-TV. 

The documentary Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King examines Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s chaotic upbringing and the initial tensions behind his almost 60-year marriage to Queen Elizabeth.

Though today he holds the distinction of being the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch, Prince Philip was not initially considered a suitable match for the future Queen Elizabeth II. Born on the island of Corfu during the Greco-Turkish war, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark and his family were exiled from Greece while he was still an infant. Within a few short years, his mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, his sisters each married and moved to Germany, and his father relocated to Monte Carlo. The young prince then bounced between schools and relatives in France, England, Germany, and Scotland before joining the British Royal Navy – and meeting his future wife – in 1939.

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