Supposedly, during his younger years, Prince Philip – always a man with a quick tongue and a stubborn sense of pride – told a royal footman who wanted to carry his suitcase for him, “I have arms, I’m not bloody helpless…” True or apocryphal, the anecdote sums up the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of the somewhat more famous Queen Elizabeth II. Many will be those who queue to sing his praises after he died yesterday at the age of 99 – but as many will line up to put their barbs in. For Philip was an…



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