Why Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth Loved "When Things Go Wrong"

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Why Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth Loved "When Things Go Wrong"
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In a new BBC documentary which aired in the UK this week, members of the royal family shared their memories of the late Prince Philip, who died in April. One of the most touching moments came when Princes William and Harry reminisced about their grandfather's excellent sense of humor—and specifically, how much he enjoyed it when things went wrong.

"My grandpa has a very good sense of humor, and he enjoys playing practical jokes, he enjoys teasing, and he loved things going wrong," William explained during the documentary. "Both my grandparents love that, because you can imagine they live a life where everything has to go right the whole time, so when things go wrong, they both chuckle an awful lot. Everyone else gets mortally embarrassed, but they love it."

Prince Harry, in a separate interview, agreed with William's assessment. "There’s just that imbalance of, there’s everybody doing their absolute best because 'oh, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are coming, let’s make sure we get everything absolutely right'," he said. "Yet the two of them are going “I wonder if something’s going to go wrong this year! How exciting!”

Given the endless rules and protocol that govern the lives of the royals, you can easily see why the Queen and Prince Philip would take such joy in any occasional mishaps.

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers featured more than a dozen members of the royal family reflecting on the life of the Duke of Edinburgh. Another highlight was a touching moment when Princess Eugenie revealed the unique wedding gift that her grandfather gave her in 2018.

The documentary aired on Wednesday, September 22, in the UK on BBC One, and it's not yet clear whether it will air in the U.S.

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