Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip
Prince Philip sometimes sneaked away from Queen Elizabeth during her public outings. Pictured: The Queen, Prince Philip wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass at the start of the procession after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. Getty Images/Alastair Grant/AFP

Prince Philip reportedly sneaked off his during his engagements with Queen Elizabeth II several years ago.

Beth Allcock, a journalist for Express, claimed that the Duke of Edinburgh sneaked away from his wife’s side, particularly during their trip to Australia. Royal biographer Robert Hardman claimed in his book “Queen of the World” that Prince Philip preferred being with his friends while he was in the Land Down Under in 1954.

And in another instance, Her Majesty was busy watching the race in Randwick when Prince Philip went to a match at Sydney Cricket Ground. The retired royal also shared details about his outing at that time and said that he decided to stay low-key.

“It would have been very easy to play to the gallery but I took a conscious decision not to – safer not to be too popular. You can’t fall too far,” he said.

In related news, it was reported that Prince Philip clashed with Prince Charles and Princess Diana over their decision on where to send Prince William and Prince Harry to school. The ex-couple opted to send their sons to Eton College, but Prince Philip wanted his grandsons to go to Gordonstoun.

Prince Philip and Prince Charles went to the boarding school in north-east Scotland, but Prince Charles didn’t necessarily have a wonderful time there. After calling Gordonstoun a prison sentence, the heir to the throne was sure that he didn’t want Prince William and Prince Harry to experience the same thing.

In the book “William and Harry,” author Katie Nicholl said that Prince Philip expected that his eldest son and Princess Diana will agree with what he wanted for his grandchildren, but they didn’t, and this caused tensions between them.

While at Eton College, Prince William and Prince Harry both excelled in school. The Duke of Cambridge was the first senior royal to ever receive his education from the institution. The choice meant that he and Prince Harry also followed in Princess Diana’s family’s footsteps.