Prince Philip’s grandchildren have shared the funny story of a mustard-based prank he used to play on them while they were growing up.
It comes as Royal Family members have paid tribute to the institution’s patriarch on BBC documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, being broadcast tomorrow (September 22).
As well as being referred to as the Queen’s “strength and stay”, Philip was renowned for his dry sense of humour and propensity for pranks.
Now, Prince William has admitted to falling victim to one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s infamous jests.
He explained: “One of the games he used to enjoy playing was, when we used to go for family barbecues, instead of a mustard pot, we had a mustard tube.
“And he used to take the lid off, and put it in your hands…
“And then he would squish your hands together to fire the mustard onto the ceiling”.
William’s cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips recalled the same trick being played on them by their grandfather.
“He gets you to hold it in your hands, and the lid’s off and I can’t remember exactly what he says, but he ends up slamming your hands together”, Zara explained.
“It went all over the ceiling!”
The Duke of Cambridge remembered that the joke would often land the Duke of Edinburgh in hot water with his wife, the Queen.
“He used to get in a lot of trouble with my grandmother for covering most of the places we had lunch with mustard on the ceiling”, he laughed.
“He enjoyed those jokes, he enjoyed messing around with the children and being our grandfather."
Prince Harry was also eager to note how Philip had maintained his royal composure despite the often frantic demands of being a grandparent.
He said: “What I remember now is the expressions on his face to the things that happened, the things that went wrong, and the craziness that was happening around him, he would just sit there so completely calmly with his legs crossed or his arms folded, and just literally watch us run by going ‘zoooomm’."
In the same documentary, William also shared the story of his grandfather’s witty response when he was insulted by a young boy embarking on a DofE trip.
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