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Royal family: Prince Philip’s very niche hidden talent you never knew about

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The late Duke of Edinburgh was famous for many things – his quick-wit, his no-nonsense attitude and his love of carriage driving, but what about his hidden talent for truffle-farming?

Prince Philip was an avid gardener as well as a great supporter for UK agriculture. But did you know he also became the first person to farm black truffles from British soil?

According to The Times, the Duke had been attempting to grow truffles for 12 years but hadn’t experienced much luck.

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The publication writes: “His attempts to create a truffière in the royal fruit farm, which already yields apples, gooseberries and blackcurrants (including some that go into Ribena), had become an annual joke as trained truffle dogs repeatedly failed to find any of the fungi.”

The Duke developed a passion for truffles

However, more recently he successfully farmed French Perigord black truffles, which are regarded as a rare delicacy and are widely sought after.

The Queen’s husband reportedly planted over 300 saplings, each of which come in at a cost of £15, in 2006 within the grounds of the vast Sandringham Estate.

He had been caring for them ever since.

The species of truffle nurtured by the Duke reportedly sell for £200 per 100g, but instead of making a profit, the prince chose to give his produce away to family and friends when they visited the Norfolk estate.

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The Duke sadly died in April, Her Majesty sharing a statement about her husband of more than seven decades.

“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,” the Palace announced.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

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