Who is Peter Phillips? Royal insider reveals Queen's FAVORITE person
Buckingham Palace insiders have claimed Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips is the Queen's favorite grandchild and not Prince Harry. Sources revealed that Her Majesty has a soft corner for her eldest grandchild and his sister Zara as they are blessed with their mother's resilience.
The 96-year-old monarch has a good relationship with all her eight grandchildren and has been careful not to show any favoritism as a monarch. However, a friend of the Queen said when asked to choose the "special one," she named 44-year-old Peter. This comes just days after Prince Harry visited the Queen and claimed to have a unique relationship with his grandmother. "We talk about things that she can't talk about with anybody else," he told NBC.
Who is Peter Phillips?
Speaking to the Daily Mail's royal journalist Richard Kay, an old friend of the Queen admitted that the monarch enjoys having a laugh with Harry and catching up on her great-grandchildren Archie and Lillibet. They said she's close to them all but has the greatest admiration for her only daughter Anne's children Peter and Zara for being sensible and level-headed like their mother. The Queen tasked Peter with looking after William and Harry when they found out about their mother's death at Balmoral. She even asked them to stand between them at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh was also close to Peter after he made head boy at Gordonstoun, a tough boarding school that they both attended. The late Duke appreciated that his grandson was sporty and outdoorsy. Peter and Zara grew up alongside their cousins William and Harry in Gloucestershire and were close. According to the newspaper, the princes spent a lot of time visiting Princess Anne's home at Gatcombe Park when they lived at Highgrove House. "She has always been close to Peter and admires the way he and his sister Zara handled themselves as grandchildren of the monarch but without royal titles," the source said. "Like William and Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Peter and Zara were children of broken homes but were somehow more exposed because of Anne's decision that they should not have titles. She thinks Peter especially has inherited the resilience that is so characteristic of Anne. She sees him as dependable."
Princess Anne is believed to have rejected the Queen's offer of titles when Phillips was born in 1977. “He was born plain Master Phillips because, in spite of being the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne possesses no hereditary title,” per a BBC archive. “Both the princess and her husband are said to have rejected an offer from the Queen of titles which would have enabled their children to be born into the peerage.” That said, Peter Phillips is still 17th in line to the throne despite the lack of a title.
The palace source said Peter and Zara displayed strength when their parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips's marriage fell apart. The pair enjoyed an informal relationship with their grandmother despite having to bow and curtsy to their grandmother. Peter parted ways with his wife Autumn Kelly last year and introduced his new partner Lindsay Wallace to the Queen following a shooting party at Windsor Castle, Gloucestershire Live reported.