Why Philip's outrageous friends horrified the palace: None did more so than his drunken, foul-mouthed, gargantuan sailing partner

Mail Online | 1/8/2018 | Eileen Parker For The Daily Mail
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Eileen Parker was married to Prince Philip’s closest aide, Mike Parker, for 15 years.

As a young couple, they socialised with newly married Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth, sharing suppers and theatre trips, as revealed in the first extract from her republished memoir in Saturday’s Daily Mail.

Today - Eileen - Lives - Care - Home

Today, Eileen, who is 95 and lives in a care home, charts the growing concern over Prince Philip’s private life away from the scrutiny of Palace officials.

From the moment that he became equerry to Prince Philip, my husband, Mike, took it upon himself to act as his employer’s unofficial court jester.

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Both naval officers, the two of them had been friends since they served in the same flotilla during the war, and Mike always had an eye open for the oddballs whom he knew would amuse the Prince.

Chief among them was Uffa Fox, a gross, rambling Falstaff of a man who was commonly acknowledged to be a boat designer of genius and regaled his friends with a vast store of nautical yarns and rude ditties.

Day - Sailing - Hours - Song

I once heard him boast that during one day’s sailing he had sung for eight hours without repeating a single song.

He was no less colourful a character on land, where his motto was ‘Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie’.

End - Wheelchair - Kitchen - Home - Isle

To this end, he kept a wheelchair in the kitchen of his home on the Isle of Wight and in this he would shuttle between the two ovens necessary to accommodate the huge joints of roast beef and thick steaks to which he treated his guests, all washed down with umpteen bottles of red wine.

I first got to know Uffa when Prince Philip raced a yacht during Cowes Week in the summer of 1948.

I noticed how both he and...
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