At the age of 21, the future Prince Philip wrote to a relative: "I know you will never think much of me. I am rude and unmannerly". This self-knowledge was no reason to change, in his mind, and the prince added prophetically, "But it is fun".
An affectionate self-portrait, I Know I am Rude, brings together the best, as well as a host of less well-known stories in the prince's own words. It gives a fascinating first-hand insight into the royal world where he "traipses around" as a "fella who belongs to Mrs Queen". With or without her, he often visited Australia and New Zealand, countries he adored.
From Prince Philip's blunt speech-making and mocking of the media and captains of industry, to his fond teasing of Her Majesty, this is a truly regal self-portrait by the royal family's "very own Jeremy Clarkson".
I Know I am Rude - Prince Philip's life in his own words, RRP $24.99, available in all good bookstores or Booktopia.
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