Prince Philip reportedly rejected a present from a garden party guest as he does not like when people make a fuss about his birthday, according to Ms Fiorito. The Duke of Edinburgh has long been known for his no-nonsense conduct and commentators have claimed his approach extends to celebrations about his birthday. But one of the Queen’s guests suffered a major snub when the Prince refused to accept her gift.
Speaking to the Royally Obsessed podcast, Ms Fiorito said: “When he the Buckingham Palace garden party happened to coincide with his 93rd birthday, the usher advised not to mention his birthday to him.
“One woman actually tried to give him a birthday gift and he refused. He said he didn’t want to lug it around the garden.
“I feel like that’s a very diplomatic response, ‘I don’t feel like lugging it around the garden,’ but he really doesn’t like anyone mentioning it or making a fuss.”
The Duke is likely to have enjoyed the opportunity to spend his 99th birthday on Wednesday alone with the Queen at Windsor.
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Philip has been shielding with Her Majesty in the Berkshire residence since mid-March and is likely to remain there until the risk of the coronavirus outbreak has subsided.
But the Duke may be forced to endure more public celebrations next year to mark his landmark 100th birthday in 2021.
While little is underway in regards to planning for the birthday party, last December a Conservative MP earmarked the occasion for a very special event.
Sir David Amess, the MP for Southend West, said a competition to name a new city within the UK was being looked at as a means to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday.
Sir David has been an MP since 1997 and he made no secret about wishing to make Southend-on-Sea, a resort town on the Thames Estuary in Essex with borough status, become a city.
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But for this year, Philip was able to enjoy a quiet day with the Queen and he is believed to have also been treated with phone and video calls from his immediate family.
Prince Harry also took part in the celebrations with a special call from his new home in Los Angeles.
Carolyn Durand, the author behind the upcoming book on Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Royal Family, wrote on Twitter: “A source close to the #DukeandDuchessofSussex confirm that #PrinceHarry and Meghan with Archie will speak to The Duke of Edinburgh #PrincePhilip today to wish him a happy 99th birthday”.
The couple’s one-year-old son Archie also took part in the call, during which the Queen is said to have noticed the striking similarities between her grandson and his child.