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A photographer says he once had to ask Prince Philip to remove 'The Joy of Sex' book from his office

Mikhaila Friel   

A photographer says he once had to ask Prince Philip to remove 'The Joy of Sex' book from his office
  • Photographer Julian Calder said he once asked Prince Philip to remove a sex book during a shoot.
  • Speaking on "A Right Royal Podcast," Calder said the prince laughed when he mentioned it.

Photographer Julian Calder said he once had to ask the late Duke of Edinburgh to remove a book about sex so it wouldn't be in the shot.

Calder, a portrait photographer who has captured the royal family through the years, reflected on his time working with Prince Philip on the latest episode of Hello Magazine's "A Right Royal Podcast," which aired on Wednesday.

"I once did a portrait of Prince Phillip in his office. And he was standing there, and I was quite young at the time," Calder said.

"And I'm looking through the lens, and I thought 'God just behind his right ear is a book, 'The Joy of Sex,' and I had to say, 'Prince Philip, should we move that?' And he laughed, and he got his equerry to come and move it," he said.

Calder added that it would have looked "stupid" if nobody had spotted the book during the photo shoot.

Philip's reaction will be no surprise to those who knew the royal for his famous sense of humor. While the duke's role was filled with formalities, he was often heard cracking jokes during various royal engagements.

The royal's friend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, described Philip as "straight to the point" and as having a "wicked sense of humor" during an interview with BBC Breakfast after his death in April 2021, The Independent reported at the time.

"The Joy of Sex" by Alex Comfort sold more than 12 million copies after it was first published in 1972, according to the author's obituary published by The Washington Post on March 29, 2000. The book, which featured illustrations of sexual acts, was structured as a traditional cookbook and had three sections: "Starters," "Main Courses," and "Sauces and Pickles," according to The Washington Post.

The original cover showed an illustration of a naked man kissing his female partner, with the tagline: "A Gourmet Guide to Lovemaking."

The book was updated by sex expert and relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam in 2011.

Philip was married to the late Queen Elizabeth for 73 years before he died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021. The duke was the longest-serving consort in British history.

The couple kept their relationship private and rarely showed public displays of affection during their marriage.

Queen Elizabeth died on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96.


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