The late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was a lifelong enthusiast of UFOs. He reportedly built up a large archive of documents, records, and investigative material on the subject, but the contents of these files have been kept under wraps for decades.
Philip's interest in UFOs began in the 1950s, after his uncle, Lord Mountbatten, wrote an official report about a strange object that landed at his estate in Romsey, Hampshire. In the report, Mountbatten 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. However, it is believed that Philip was already aware of its contents, and that it may have been one of the factors that sparked his interest in UFOs.
Over the years, Philip reportedly amassed a large collection of books, articles, and other materials on UFOs. He also maintained a subscription to the journal Flying Saucer Review, and is said to have looked over military reports about the phenomenon.
In addition to his own research, Philip also reportedly spoke to a number of people who claimed to have had close encounters with UFOs. One of these people was Col. Charles Halt, who was one of the main witnesses during the infamous 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident. Halt claimed to have seen a bright light in the sky, and to have heard strange noises. He also said that he and other military personnel found strange indentations in the ground near the site of the sighting.
Philip's interest in UFOs was not widely known during his lifetime. However, since his death in 2021, there have been renewed calls for his files to be released. Ultimately, it will be up to King Charles III to decide whether or not to release Philip's UFO files.