Prince William Reveals What He Admired About Prince Philip In Regards To The Queen

Prince William has been preparing to become king his entire life, and he's had a great role model while doing so. The Duke of Cambridge is said to look up to and admire his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, for her decades of loyalty and service to the country and the crown. Royal expert Penny Junor recently told The Sun that William is ready for the challenges that being king will bring him and that he thinks of Elizabeth as his role model (via The Sun). "I think he absolutely gets what his destiny is and he is embracing it. He is modeling himself on his grandmother the queen."

Of course, while Elizabeth has always been a very important person in William's life, his late grandfather, Prince Philip, was also someone that he admired greatly. It was revealed that William even keeps a very sentimental photo of his oldest son, George, and Prince Philip in his office as a way to keep his grandfather's memory alive (via People Magazine). The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 at the age of 99. He has since been publicly mourned and honored by the members of the royal family.

While William has learned a lot by examining Queen Elizabeth's life, he can also take away some lessons from Prince Philip as well.

Prince William speaks openly about Prince Philip's career

The Independent reports that Prince William spoke candidly about Prince Philip during a recorded interview for the new BBC special "Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers." During the discussion, the Duke of Cambridge admitted that he applauds Philip for putting Queen Elizabeth and the crown above his own wants and needs for so many years.

"One of the things I do admire him for is that he gave up a very successful military career to be the Queen's consort and support her and to go into service and duty in a different way," William said. "It was very much a 'man's world' back then so for a man to give up his career to support a woman –- albeit a queen –- was still quite a big step" (via The Independent).

Prince Philip left his duty as an active member of the military in 1952 when Elizabeth was coronated. He went on to become the longest-serving British royal consort until his death. The new documentary will feature the royal family's thoughts about Philip, as well as private home videos of the Duke of Edinburgh with his children and wife, as a way to honor his service and his life. The special is set to air on BBC on September 22, 2021.