OUTRAGEOUS claims about the Queen and Prince Philipâs sex life were published in a scandalous new book on Thursday.
Fame-hungry Lady Colin Campbellâs lurid â and unfounded â stories include details of Her Majestyâs âhealthy sexual appetiteâ and how Philip has such an eye for the ladies that he even flirted with HER.
The former Iâm A Celebrity contestant also suggests Princess Margaret once told her sister, in an act of vengeance, that Philip had been unfaithful to her, sending the monarch into a deep depression.
Some of Lady Câs other sensational tales The Sun has decided not to print, for fear of upsetting our royal-loving readers.
For years, the 68-year-old has been a scourge of the royal family and many were questioning whether it was appropriate for her to making such claims against the much-revered couple, who are in their nineties.
Some dismissed them as âtotal bunkumâ. Respected commentator Judy Wade said last night: âI have never seen Lady Colin Campbell with a member of the royal family, or on a job about the royal family. You can say whatever you like about the Queen because she wonât sue, but it doesnât mean it is true.â
In her 320-page book, The Queenâs Marriage â which she theatrically unveiled at a London press event â Lady Colin ârevealsâ what she says are secrets of the royal bedchamber.
She insists âa variety of sourcesâ told her of Philip and the Queenâs sexual passion, especially on their honeymoon at Lord Mountbattenâs Hampshire home, Broadlands.
Using the Queenâs family nickname of Lilibet, she writes that âthe servants were full of talk about how patently Lilibet enjoyed her introduction to the pleasures of the fleshâ.
She continues: âPhilip confided in his brother-who-never-was, David Milford Haven, that Lilibet had a very healthy appetite sexually.
âHe also let slip to his other Mountbatten cousin, Patricia, that Lilibet had the most beautiful skin all over.
âThere has never been any doubt that they had a torrid time between the sheets. It started in her marriage and continued throughout, and there was never any secret about it.
âPhilip himself said she was a goer and in civilised circles an appreciation of sex has never been regarded as shameful but a sign of good health.â
Lady Colin also described Philip as a âgreat flirtâ, claiming she had first-hand experience. She said last night: âHe loves the company of beautiful women. Heâs a huge flirt. I donât know any pretty girl he hasnât flirted with.
âHeâs flirted with me before. Heâs never said anything untoward, heâs just flirtatious. The sort of thing he says is, âYouâre looking good tonightâ, but he is a flirt.
âThe Queen didnât mind at all. She gave him free rein to have Cavalier Servente â where you have friendships with the opposite sex, which are very close.
âTo Philip they were like pets, they were his playthings. He even called them his playmates, they shared physical activities like carriage driving, and interests. It is a constructive way of keeping him occupied and entertained.â
At the book launch, Lady Colin added that Philipâs flirting helped fuel rumours he had cheated on the Queen. She said: âProblems started as soon as the Queen came to the throne, when courtiers went out of their way to cause problems within the marriage. Up to the point of accession they had a happy, picture-perfect marriage.â
The book also suggests that when the Queen helped prevent Princess Margaret marrying divorced royal equerry Peter Townsend, her sister took revenge and spread rumours about Philip cheating.
She alleges: âAt Buckingham Palace, the fallout from the Margaret-Townsend debacle was considerable.
âA fashionable psychiatrist, who was very much part of the smart set, told me, âShe cracked up under the strain of her sisterâs revelations about Prince Philipâs activitiesâ.â
But Lady Colin said she believes Philip did not sleep with his close friend, Lady Penny Romsey, who he was often seen in the company of, causing much gossip.
She writes: âPennyâs friends also have no doubt that the relationship, though passionate and loving, does not, and never did, include sex.â
Other royals targeted in the book include Prince Charles, who she brands a âworld-class moanerâ â behaviour fostered by the Queen Mother, who encouraged Charles to be extravagant and luxury-loving.
âThis caused conflict with his parents, both of whom were thrifty by nature,â she wrote.
Lady Colin said she ânever had any pressure from the palaceâ to tone down her revelations. She said defiantly: âThey know I am honest and theyâve known about this book for a while.
âWhat I have written stands the test of time and if itâs going to come out it may as well come out through somebody who is even-handed and balanced, and has no anti-Monarchist agenda.â
But doubts were raised about how well-placed Lady Colin really is to know such intimate details.
Judy Wade, who has written seven books about the royals, said: âShe does dish the dirt. Readers should approach with caution.â
The Queenâs former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, said: âI will not dignify anything Lady Colin Campbell writes or says with a comment.â
A spokeswoman from Buckingham Palace declined to comment.