Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King premieres this week on ITV Choice

July 1935: Prince Philip of Greece dressed for the Gordonstoun School's production of 'MacBeth', in Scotland. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

In the continuing season of Royal programming – to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday – British Entertainment channel ITV Choice (DStv 123) is screening the exclusive documentary Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King on Saturday, 14th May at 20:00.

For the first time, this film tells the inside story of the tensions that were unleashed when the Queen fell in love with Prince Philip – tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage and would shape the future of Elizabeth’s reign.  Young Philip, it was felt, was “rough, ill-mannered, uneducated and would probably not be faithful,” according to one courtier. The royal and political elite disliked his German roots and they disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten.

This film draws on unpublished memoirs to show how Philip and Mountbatten were manoeuvring for a royal marriage as early as the winter of 1939-40, when the Queen was just 13. Philip’s German links were a source of anxiety for Elizabeth’s parents with the Queen’s mother reported to have privately referred to Philip as ‘The Hun.’ The Queen found herself torn between two sides and reportedly coming close to tears. The film reveals, for the first time, the complexities and frustrations of the Royal marriage as the Queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government.

ITV Choice is the big British entertainment channel with a great big heart. Brought to you by Britain’s most popular commercial broadcaster, ITV Choice is packed full of programming for English speaking adults who want to indulge in quality TV. Award-winning dramas, brilliant gameshows, star-filled entertainment and inspiring documentaries, all brought to you by famous faces from Britain and around the world.

Exclusive to ITV Choice (DStv 123), premieres Saturday, 14 May at 20:00