According to journalists, the Duke of Edinburgh regularly subscribed to the quarterly magazine Flying Saucer Review. He also gave his former aide Sir Peter Horsley carte blanche to collect UFO stories from the Air Force.
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The Duke’s interest in UFOs was first sparked by his uncle Lord Mountbatten, who wrote an official report about a silver spaceship reportedly landing on his Broadlands estate in Romsey, Hampshire in 1955.
The report, which was kept secret until after Lord Mountbatten’s death in 1979, told how bricklayer Fred Briggs spotted the craft hovering above the ground.
A figure dressed in overalls and a helmet was then said to have emerged from the bottom of the vehicle, before Briggs was knocked off his bike and pinned to the ground by ‘an unseen force’.
The “visit” was also confirmed by witnesses from among the employees of the estate.
According to alien intervention expert John Hanson, a retired detective who wrote Haunted Skies: An Encyclopedia of British UFOs, Prince Philip’s son Charles and his grandson William also share the royal ancestor’s passion.
“I am very proud of Prince Philip, why shouldn’t he be interested in UFOs? Because, for heaven’s sake, this should be taken seriously, not lightly. This phenomenon has confused humanity for millennia,” Hanson is quoted by Metro.co.uk.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9 at the age of 99. His funeral, which will take place on April 17, will be attended by all members of the royal family. Prince Harry, who has already returned to the UK, will also attend the funeral ceremony, albeit without his beloved wife Meghan Markle.