Prince William reveals Prince Philip got into trouble with the Queen for mustard prank

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The royal family rarely open their doors and lives to TV cameras, although when they do it can make headlines around the world, such as when Harry and Meghan decided to spill the beans in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

But in an unprecedented new documentary the revelations and recollections are altogether more upbeat. In the BBC1 documentary – Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers – more than 12 members of the family have agreed to share their thoughts and reflections on the life of Prince Philip, who died this year. And the interviews add up to an incredibly intimate hour long documentary about the sometimes controversial consort.

One memorable section involves Prince William, Peter Phillips and his sister Zara Tindall, recalling a famous stunt that Prince Philip used to pull that would land him in trouble with the Queen. It involved taking the lid off a squeezy tube of mustard, getting his grandchildren to hold it, and then slamming their hands together, to make the mustard shoot out of the tube.

"It went all over the ceiling," recall Princess Anne's children in unison.

"He used to get in a lot of trouble with my grandmother for covering most of the places where we had lunch with mustard on the ceiling," adds William.

"I actually think the marks are still there," grins Peter.

"Yeah, I think so," agrees Zara.

All the children and adult grandchildren of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, plus other members of the family, have agreed to take part in this BBC portrait of the longest serving consort in royal history.

The documentary was originally planned to mark his 100th birthday, and interviews were filmed both before and after his death in April.

"He enjoyed those jokes, and messing around with the children," recalls the Duke of Cambridge, as the screen shows a touching family photo of Philip, William, Harry, Peter and Zara all in kilts, alongside the Queen in a dress and her signature pearls. "He enjoyed being a grandfather."

Meanwhile Prince Harry shares his own memories.

"What I remember now are 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 completely calmly with his legs crossed and his arms folded or hands clasped, and literally watch us run by going 'Zoom….zoom'".

"He made time for all of us, supported all of us," recalls Peter, his eldest grandchild. "And he kept control of…most of us!" he admits with a chuckle.

The programme’s makers were given access to Buckingham Palace where they spoke to long-serving staff, and filmed in the duke’s study, private office and library, which are exactly as they were during his lifetime.

And the Queen has given the BBC special permission to use her own private home videos – or cine film – to give viewers a glimpse of Prince Philip during some of his unguarded and never-before-seen moments.

It's a look through a family album like no other, and a must see for all royal watchers.

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, Wednesday, BBC One 9pm

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