Prince Philip is a talented member of the royal family. Years ago, he surprised the public with one of his skills.

In the book “The Firm,” royal author Penny Junor discussed an incident that took place at the Royal Ascot. “The Duke always accompanied the Queen to Ascot, and most members of the Royal Family attend some stage of the meeting – supporting Royal Ascot is expected – but none of them is as enthusiastic about racing as the Queen, and none begins to share her knowledge. However, her husband and eldest son have plenty to say about the new building,” she said.

According to Junor, Prince Philip proved that he was particularly interested in the technical details. The racecourse underwent redevelopment in 2005, and the dad of four gob smocked the chief architect with his knowledge.

“The main reason for the redevelopment is because the racecourse has become so popular in recent year that crowd circulation has become a problem. It was a problem, ironically, that the architect Rod Sheard also had in one particular part of the new design,” Junor said.

Prince Philip also noticed one particular area that looked nice in the architect’s layout but he knew that it wouldn’t work. Queen Elizabeth’s husband looked at the design again together with the architect’s team. But on the day that they presented their plans to Her Majesty, Prince Philip still hasn’t found a solution to the problem.

According to Junor, the issue was actually quite small, and no one else would’ve noticed it. But Prince Philip had a keen eye for detail.

“The royal group was there to look at the overall scheme. At the end of the presentation, the Duke of Edinburgh, then 82, stood up, walked across to the diagram and pointing his finger to the precise spot that was under scrutiny, said: ‘You’ve got a crowd-circulation problem there…’ Rod Sheard was gobsmacked,” she said.

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Pictured: Prince Philip leaves St George's Chapel after the wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Getty Images/Gareth Fuller-WPA Pool