Queen Elizabeth Reportedly Let Prince Philip Get Away With This One Thing During Their Marriage

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's relationship was one for the ages. The royals were married for 73 years, with the couple meeting for the first time when Elizabeth was just 13 years old, per Express. Although she was young, several biographers (via USA Today) revealed that Elizabeth was smitten from the very first meeting, and she never considered any other man.

When Elizabeth ascended to the throne after the death of her beloved father, King George VI, Philip gave up his military career to support his wife in her new role. "I thought I was going to have a career in the navy, but it became obvious there was no hope ... You have to make compromises," the prince once said, per Biography. "That's life. I accepted it. I tried to make the best of it."

Philip became a full-time working royal, not only appearing with Elizabeth at countless events but also taking on 22,000 solo engagements before he retired from his duties in 2017 at the age of 96. While Philip and Elizabeth appeared to have a strong union, there were reports of infidelity, mainly due to Philip's membership in a gentleman's lunch club and his tours on the royal yacht, Britannia, per Redbook

The rumor, however, didn't seem to have an impact on Elizabeth's trust in her husband. In fact, Philip's close friendships with other women didn't seem to bother her.

Queen Elizabeth was fine with Prince Philip having female friends

Queen Elizabeth II was so secure in her marriage to Prince Philip that she didn't mind him having close friendships with other women. According to historian Dr. Tessa Dunlop, author of "Elizabeth and Philip: A Story of Young Love, Marriage and Monarchy," the queen understood how much Philip had given up for her — namely his military career and his ties to his homeland in Greece — and she wanted him to be happy.  

"I think the Queen absolutely understood the tightrope Prince Philip was asked to walk and she cut him some slack," Dr. Dunlop explained on the Daily Mail's "Palace Confidential" series. In fact, one of Philip's closest friends was Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, per the Daily Mail. And, when Philip died at the age of 99, the countess was one of only 30 mourners at his funeral. 

"The queen accepted the friendship between the Duke and Penny, and ... it just shows you how mature the Queen was that she invited her to the funeral. There were very small numbers and there she was. I think that shows a degree of respect," Jobson said.