Alan Titchmarsh recalls 'cherished' letter he received from the late Prince Philip


Prince Philip once penned a rather critical letter to Alan Titchmarsh highlighting the flaws made in the TV presenter’s book on the Royal Family’s gardening habits. Philip, who was the longest-serving consort in British Royal history, passed away aged 99 in April.

Alan Titchmarsh, 72, recalled receiving the letter from the Duke of Edinburgh, during a discussion with BBC news anchor Huw Edwards, 60.

Despite the late Duke’s criticisms, the horticultural expert said the double-sided letter was a much “cherished” document.

The document snapped back against Mr Titchmarsh’s book and listed the gardening activities undertaken by himself and the Queen at Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor.

Philip’s letter read: “On the chapter devoted to Elizabeth the Second, you go on to say ‘outdoor activities were very much more their scene, riding and horse racing for the Queen, shooting and carriage driving for the Duke.’

“As I am sure you appreciate, shooting does not go on all year round and I only took up carriage driving in 1973 after playing polo for twenty years!”

Mr Titchmarsh added: “He then lists everything he has done in the home park here the avenues he’s planted, the oaks he did and it just goes on.”

The late Duke concluded his letter by saying: “I don’t expect you to do anything about this.

“But I thought it might interest you to know that active gardening still goes on in the Royal gardens.”

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The Welsh BBC host replied by joking to the horticultural expert, Prince Philip “put you in your place, Alan!”

The 72-year-old also revealed the letter was received around a fortnight after he had sent a copy of his 2003 book ‘Royal Gardeners: The History of Britain’s Royal Gardens’ to Buckingham Palace.

In a separate appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme, Mr Titchmarsh told Susana Reid, 50, and Kate Garraway, 54, about another letter he received from the late Duke after an interview he conducted following Philip’s 90th birthday.

“It was a challenging interview,” he said.

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“Yours sincerely, Philip.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral took place at Windsor Castle on Saturday 17th April.



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