Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s romance was busted by the press even before they had confirmed it to the world publicly. The surprising moment between the royal couple was discussed by a journalist six years ago.

While speaking with Vanity Fair, James Reginato said that the wedding of Lady Patricia Mountbatten to John Knatchbull was a turning point in Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh’s relationship. “When Philip casually took the coat of Princess Elizabeth as they arrived, the press assembled outside caught this first hint of a royal romance, and a media frenzy ensued,” he said.

Reginato went on to say that Lady Pamela Hicks and Lady Patricia have known for quite some time that the Queen had a crush on Prince Philip. At the age of 13, the monarch became smitten with her now husband. According to Lady Pamela, Her Majesty never thought of any other man after meeting Prince Philip.

But despite the Queen’s fondness for the Duke of Edinburgh, her decision to marry him was still appalling for her parents, the Queen Mother and King George VI. “The thought that he might become a son-in-law was most unwelcome,” Lady Pamela said.

“Why wasn’t she marrying some respectable English Duke? Yes, he was a Prince of Greece and Denmark. But very suspect, Greece – they get rid of their royal families regularly. And he had no money,” she added.

And to make things worse, Prince Philip’s blunt personality also surprised the Queen Mother and her husband. Lady Pamela said that it wasn’t something that the royal was used to.

But at the end of the day, the Queen and Prince Philip’s love and commitment to each other still endured. The couple tied the knot on Nov. 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. Following their nuptials, the couple was blessed with four children, namely, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Unfortunately, Prince Philip and his wife never had the chance to develop a close relationship with their children. In fact, a royal expert said that Prince Charles and Princess Anne weren’t close to their younger siblings.

Royal Family Queen Elizabeth II with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; Princess Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, attend the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 10, 2018, in London, England. Chris Jackson/Getty Images