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May 23, 2001
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Buckingham Palace has reacted quickly to allegations, which appeared in a British broadsheet, of a rift between the Duke of Edinburgh and his son the Prince of Wales. Journalist Graham Turner has made claims that the Queen’s husband believes that Charles is too “precious, extravagant and lacking in dedication… to make a good king.”

“The Duke said no such thing,” a palace spokeswoman stated. “These are remarks made by a reporter and have been wrongly attributed to the duke.” She also said that the views, which were published in The Daily Telegraph this week, “certainly do not reflect the Duke’s view of the Prince of Wales.”

At his Golden Wedding celebrations in November 1997, Prince Philip praised his children fulsomely. “I am naturally somewhat biased but I think our children have done rather well under very difficult and demanding circumstances, and I hope we can be forgiven for feeling proud of them. I am also encouraged to see what a good start the next generation is making.”

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The Palace has acted quickly to damp down speculation of a rift between Prince Philip and his eldest son
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A spokeswoman said that the views "certainly do not reflect the Duke's own view of the Prince of Wales"

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