Felipe of Edinburgh at 99 years of age still maintains his flirtatious manhood intact.
He does not want to appear in public, for example, with a cane and therefore limits his presence in public and undergoes rehabilitation sessions to keep his body toned.
Retired from the official palace agenda, in June next year he hopes to arrive and celebrate 100 years in style.
Duke's health is a matter of concern in the UK especially these months with the pandemic.
That is why the royal house has taken extreme precautions around him and Elizabeth II.
On October 6, the queen made her grand return to Windsor Castle but without her husband who decided to stay longer in Norfolk.
At this Wood Farm residence, located on the grounds of Sandringham Castle, the couple stayed for three weeks, after shortening their summer vacation in Balmoral, Scotland.
The division has been controversial because it involves doubling the staff, depleted and tired in time of coronavirus, but finally Felipe will have only a handful of assistants at Wood Farm, since he will not reside in the main house.
Despite his advanced age, Philippe of Edinburgh is determined not to let his health condition get in the way of his upcoming public appearances.
"It takes several hours of slow preparation and wakes up as early as necessary to make sure she's on time," explained Ingrid Seward, a royal writer.
He is described as a "proud" man.
"He makes a great effort when he has to make an appearance and knows that he has to be at his best," added the specialist.
"He doesn't want to be seen with a cane, and he would never consider a walker," he continued.
If there is a particular event that Prince Philip is preparing for, it is his birthday.
"He does what he can and is preparing to participate in the celebrations of his centennial next year," says Seward.
In times of pandemic neither Buckingham Palace nor Windsor will host “large-scale events”, because “they will follow the lines set by the Government, as a precaution due to current circumstances”.
Although they affirm that they have "investigated a great variety of possibilities to carry out possible investitures, sadly and due to the large number of guests it has not been possible to find a safe method."
There are those who see in him the companion and advisor of Elizabeth II and others, on the contrary, remember his extramarital affairs and his past that some link to Nazism.
The British left considers him a hopeless racist who does not realize that his practical jokes expose the country.
The right considers him a freethinker to whom political correctness brings to the fore.
But what everyone agrees on is how easy it is to screw up their comments.
His slips have even led to a book,
Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes
, which collects the most controversial phrases of the duke.
Prince Philip was unexpectedly hospitalized last December for complications from a "pre-existing medical condition," and the news did not go beyond a scare that kept the British press agitated for a few hours.
It was in any case a reminder that, if the consort is already about to reach a century of life, his wife and queen (94 years) follow him closely.
The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, born on a kitchen table on the island of Corfu and exiled at 18 months, educated in England and Scotland for the charity of family and friends and convinced of his strength as a leader, has maintained to the end an enigmatic shell of character.
“The family was broken ... and I had no choice but to move forward.
It is what is done in these cases.
It's what you do, ”he once said when referring to his wandering life trajectory.
Elizabeth II, in 1997, on the occasion of her 50th wedding anniversary, said of him: “My husband has been my strength and my rest during all these years, and both I and his entire family, both this country and many others, have with him a greater debt than he will ever claim us or of which we will never know ”.
That has been the legend held by the royalists for decades, in which the Duke of Edinburgh is portrayed as the anchor and the helm of a family with an irremediable tendency to self-destruction.