Private letters from Prince Philip to Diana, Princess of Wales have been revealed at her inquest. In them Prince Philip has demonstrated that, far from being her adversary he was in fact her greatest fan and they have been described as the most intimate "love letters" ever to have been published in the saga of England's "Queen of Hearts".
The Prince was clearly besotted by the young Princess and bemused by his son's preference for the much older and less attractive Camilla.
"Dearest Dianna", one letter began, "I cannot fathom why Charles has led you through such an horrific song and dance. Your majestic charm and sensual warmth have always filled my loins with such potent passion as I do not know how life can be without you."
In another, the Prince says, "When you walk into a room my passion lifts my uniform and tears the very seams of my tunic."
In the final letter read to the inquest Prince Philip claims that he keept a photograph of the Princess beside his bed, "... without which I would be unable to satisfy her indoors."
There can be no doubt that any fears as to the Duke's feelings toward Diana have been, like the Princess herself, well and truly laid to rest.