The Queen's Mother-in-Law reveals one of the Royal Family's best kept secrets - the bizarre life story of Prince Philip's mother. A huge ratings hit, 4 million people watched the documentary when it aired in the UK.
We all know about the late Queen Mum - one of Britain's most instantly recognizable figures. But few have even heard of the Queen's mother-in-law, Princess Alice. And yet, the life story of Prince Philip's mother almost defies belief.
A great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Prince Philip's mother married into the Greek royal family – only to see the Greek monarchy overthrown by revolution. Fleeing into exile, she suffered a severe nervous breakdown. She was locked away in mental hospitals and subjected to experimental treatments by psychiatrists - including Sigmund Freud himself.
The trauma had a shattering effect on Princess Alice's marriage and led to a fractured childhood for her only son Prince Philip.
Philip's mother eventually fought her way back from mental illness, and became an unlikely hero of World War Two - risking her life to hide a Jewish family from the Nazis. When her son married the future Queen Elizabeth in 1948, Alice turned down the option of a cozy royal life. Instead she chose to dedicate herself to working with the poor in Greece, gave away all her possessions and even founded her own religious order.
Featuring exclusive interviews with family members and previously unseen archive footage, this film sheds new light on one of the royal family's most remarkable but little known personalities.
Produced & Directed by Rob Coldstream. A Blink Films Production for Channel 4.
With thanks to
THE GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL OF ST ANDREWS
TRANSIT FILM GMBH
CLIPS AND FOOTAGE
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
LYNN LEHRMAN WEINER
NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, ATHENS
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
JAMES A. SMITH
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