Prince Philip: An Exiled Royal Who Renounced His Titles to Start Afresh

On April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died aged 99.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history. He was the father of Prince Charles and the grandfather of Prince Harry and Prince William.

A Life of Duty

The Duke accompanied the Queen on official duties and appearances throughout the world. In 1992, he said, ‘Everyone has to have a sense of duty. A duty to society, to their family.’

He also participated in the work of many organisations, particularly favouring those focused on the environment, athletics and education. Philip notably launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the mid-1950s, focusing on youth achievement. He played polo until 1971 and competed in carriage and boat racing, with piloting airplanes, oil painting and art collecting also among his hobbies.

Prince Philip’s Exile

Born in Greece in 1921 to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, Philip was sixth in line to the Greek throne. When he was 18 months old, Philip’s uncle, the king of Greece, was forced to abdicate after the Greco-Turkish War. As royal members, Philip and his family were banished from his native country, subsequently living in France, Germany and Britain.

He was passed between relatives and stability only came when he joined the Royal Navy in 1939 aged 18. He saw active service in the Second World War, serving with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.

Philip and Princess Elizabeth were acquaintances from a young age, and, after the war, Philip asked King George VI for her hand in marriage. But before the Duke could marry the future Queen, he had to renounce his Greek and Danish royal titles and become a naturalised Briton.

When faced with exile, second citizenship might be the best option

One can find themselves faced with exile or persecution and unable to live in their home country for many reasons. As political and financial instability continues to rise, those who are short on time and looking for a better life for themselves and their families are looking to citizenship by investment (CBI). CBI legally bestows citizenship status faster than the regular immigration processes of a country.

Presently, around a dozen countries offer citizenship by investment programmes, but the concept was pioneered in 1984 in St Kitts and Nevis. The initiative grants vetted investors nationality in approximately three months in return for significant contributions to the country’s economy.

Citizenship by Investment in St Kitts and Nevis

The revenue generated through St Kitts and Nevis’ Sustainable Growth Fund option is then distributed to society’s key sectors, including healthcare, education, tourism and infrastructural development. In exchange, economic citizens gain citizenship, and a wealth of opportunities like visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to over 150 countries and territories. However, investors are most attracted to St Kitts and Nevis because it is a safe, modern democracy with high regard for the rule of law. Under a limited-time offer, families of up to four to contribute US$150,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) instead of the usual US$195,000.

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