Lady Pamela Hicks attempted to rescue Russian princesses

Lady Pamela Hicks reveals Prince Philip’s mother Princess Alice attempted to rescue the last Emperor of Russia’s daughters before they were murdered during the 1917 Russian revolution

  • Prince Philip’s cousin Lady Pamela Hicks has revealed his late mother Princess Alice tried to save four Russian Princesses 
  • Recalled how Princesses Olga Nikolaevna, Maria Nikolaevna, Tatiana Nikolaevna and Anastasia Nikolaevna were murdered during the Russian revolution
  • Lady Pamela, 90, shared the memory in her daughter India Hicks’ recent podcast
  • Also told how the Queen, 94, felt responsible for Philip’s mother and was always ‘marvelous’ with those others found ‘tricky’

Prince Philip’s cousin Lady Pamela Hicks has revealed how his late mother Princess Alice tried to save Princesses Olga Nikolaevna, Maria Nikolaevna, Tatiana Nikolaevna and Anastasia Nikolaevna before they were murdered during the Russian revolution.

Lady Pamela, 90, shared the memory in her daughter India Hicks’ recent podcast, in which she also told how the Queen, 94, felt responsible for Philip’s mother – and was always ‘marvelous’ with those others found ‘tricky’. 

Lady Pamela is the eldest daughter of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten, whose daughter India, 51, lives in the Bahamas, where she shares her mother’s monthly memories of royal history online.

Lord Mountbatten was uncle to Prince Philip, and the second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, whose father George VI took over the throne when Edward abdicated. Pamela’s is great-great-grandchild to the late Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901. 

Prince Philip’s cousin Lady Pamela Hicks (seen above with her daughter India Hicks in 2017) revealed her royal memories of Princess Alice and the Queen in a recent podcast.  Lady Pamela is the eldest daughter of Prince Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten, and the second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia was the eldest child of the last Tsar of the Russian Empire, and was just 23 when she was assassinated. 

Speaking on the podcast, Lady Pamela said of the attempt to rescue the Russian princesses before they were murdered: ‘Princess Alice wrote to Lloyd George, I can’t remember if he was Prime Minister of England at the time but he was the appropriate person to write to.

‘She realised there was no way she could ask anything for the little boy but she said ‘my husband is retired from the Navy, we live a very quiet life in the Isle of Wight, would it be possible for me to have the girls and look after them?’

‘The answer was no it would not be possible. Which we all thought was very hard.’ 

Pamela also recalled the Queen’s relationship with Philip’s mother, citing how she felt ‘responsible’ for her.

Pamela has revealed how Philip’s late mother Princess Alice (seen together in 1960) tried to save Princesses Olga Nikolaevna, Maria Nikolaevna, Tatiana Nikolaevna and Anastasia Nikolaevna before they were murdered during the Russian revolution

‘The Queen was always marvellous with her…Because she was staying at Windsor, the Queen felt responsible.

‘The Queen is the kind of person who where everybody else finds someone tricky, will be very calm and get the best out of them always.’

Lady Pamela Hicks has proved a treasure trove of royal memories, and previously shared her father’s battle to recover family heirlooms ‘taken by the former King Edward’, after he abdicated the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Speaking in another podcast launched by her daughter India, Pamela claimed that her father Louis, who died in 1979, ‘battled endlessly to get Wallis to return the family treasures’.

Speaking on the podcast, Lady Pamela said Princess Alice wrote to the  Prime Minister in an attempt to rescue the Russian princesses before they were murdered, but was not able to help them (seen in 1903 with Prince Andrew of Greece)

Lady Pamela Hicks (seen) has proved a treasure trove of royal memories, and previously shared her father’s battle to recover family heirlooms ‘taken by the former King Edward’

 According to Pamela, Edward, the Duke of Windsor took possessions including ‘beautiful jewelled boxes’ when he went into exile in France, and the family were unable to recover them. 

Speaking in the recent podcast, Pamela said: ‘When the Duke of Windsor abdicated and went into exile, he took as his private possessions some beautiful jewelled boxes that were his father’s and grandfather’s. He shouldn’t have grabbed those, they had become stage things.

‘My father battled endlessly to try to get Wallis to hand those back, but never succeeded, as by that time she had descended into dementia and had a terrible lawyer who ruled her life.’ 

 Pamela’s aristocrat daughter India Hicks, 51, who was a bridesmaid at the Prince’s wedding to Diana and is 678th in line to the throne, was born in London but moved to the Caribbean 23 years ago.

According to Pamela, Edward, the Duke of Windsor, seen in the 1950s with American wife Wallis Simpson, took possessions including ‘beautiful jewelled boxes’ when he went into exile in France, and the family were unable to recover them

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