Reportedly, Philip was heroic during the war. In 2003 war veteran Harry Hargreaves spoke out about the prince’s life-saving actions during 1943. Hargreaves told the BBC that Philip came up with the idea of placing a decoy raft into the water during a bombing raid. He did this in order to save HMS Wallace from the German guns.
“Prince Philip saved our lives that night,” Hargreaves told The Observer. “I suppose there might have been a few survivors, but certainly the ship would have been sunk. He was always very courageous and resourceful and thought very quickly. You would say to yourself, ‘what the hell are we going to do now?’ and Philip would come up with something.”
Philip then moved ships to HMS Whelp, which sat in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the 1945 surrender notice that ended World War II. The following year, Philip asked King George VI for the hand of his daughter in marriage. All parties agreed to the match, and the wedding of Philip and Elizabeth took place on November 20, 1947.