Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Prince Philip was dubbed “dangerous leftie” before he married Queen Elizabeth II. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 4, 2014 in London. Getty Images/Ray Collins

Prince Philip was dubbed “dangerous leftie” before he tied the knot with Queen Elizabeth II.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a dashing romantic naval officer when he met the Queen for the first time. Despite their impressive relationship, everyone was not so into Prince Philip at the time.

“It’s strange that now he’s cast as a cantankerous old crust and a right-wing, et cetera, et cetera. When he first sprung upon an astonished world he was regarded as a dangerous leftie,” royal correspondent Robert Jobson said in the 2016 documentary “Prince Philip – A King Among Princes.”

In 1951, former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan shared his thoughts about Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. For him, Prince Philip was going to be “a great deal of trouble.”

“There were a lot of people in English society, and courtiers in particular, who weren’t sure who this man was,” author Gyles Brandreth added.

Prince Philip is someone who cannot be easily persuaded. One time, he got into an argument with Queen Mother who didn’t agree with his plan to send “sensitive” Prince Charles to Gordonstoun — his old school in Scotland — to toughen up the heir. In the end, Prince Philip still sent his son to his choice of school and it made the Prince of Wales’ life miserable.

Prince Charles would reportedly escape from school to stay with his grandmother. He would also beg Queen Mother to take him out of school. The latter refused but assured Prince Charles that she would help him find the strength to deal with his troubles.

Prince Philip also made King George VI angry at one point. According to "The Royal House of Windsor" documentary, Prince Philip proposed to Queen Elizabeth II when she was just 20, and he didn’t ask the king’s approval prior that.

In response, King George VI invited Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Queen Mother to a family tour in South Africa that lasted for three months. The royal’s family tour delayed the Queen and Prince Philip’s royal wedding for a year until she’s 21.

The public’s perception of the duke changed through time. In fact, Prince Philip is the most popular and loved royal in the palace at present.