The UFO Phenomenon
Prince Philip was fascinated by UFOs
April 16, 2021 | 8 comments
Prince Philip was no stranger to the topic of UFOs. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Steve Punter
The late Duke, who died this month aged 99, had long maintained a keen interest in the UFO phenomenon.
Among the many interests he pursued throughout his long life, the Duke of Edinburgh was reportedly fascinated by the topic of UFOs and kept himself apprised of all the latest research and developments.
He allegedly first become interested after his uncle - Lord Mountbatten - wrote an official report about a strange object that landed at his estate in Romsey, Hampshire back in 1955.
In it, he described witnessing a saucer-shaped craft which hovered just above the ground before a strange man wearing overalls and a helmet descended to the ground.
He was then knocked off his bike and pinned to the floor by an 'invisible force'.
The report was only made public after Mountbatten's death in 1979.
To keep up to date on the subject, Prince Philip had reportedly maintained a subscription to the journal Flying Saucer Review
and had even looked over military reports about the phenomenon.
The books he owned about UFOs included The Halt Perspective
, which details the experiences of Col. Charles Halt who was one of the main witnesses during the infamous 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident - an event often described as 'Britain's Roswell'.
Philip's secretary was alleged to have even written to the book's co-author - retired West Midlands detective John Hanson - to express the Duke's interest in reading it.
He was also thought to have owned a copy of Haunted Skies: The Encyclopedia of British UFOs
Sadly, we will probably never know just how extensive his knowledge on the topic actually was.
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