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  • A famous royal who you could say has been around the blocks is driving in his Land Rover

  • close to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

  • It's just another quiet day in a part of England noted for itsOutstanding Natural

  • Beauty”, except this day something interrupts the usual pastoral tranquility of those country

  • roads.

  • The Land Rover pulls out in front of a small car and smashes right into it.

  • Others are soon on the scene, seeing that two women are injured in the small vehicle

  • and there's also a baby in the backseat.

  • Thankfully the kid is ok, but the two women need a bit of hospital treatment.

  • As for the driver of the Land Rover, he's slightly shaken, but he easily climbs out

  • of his overturned vehicle and just dusts himself off.

  • His Land Rover is bust-up, but he's in fine shape.

  • And get this, he's 97-years old.

  • If you don't know already, we're talking about Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh,

  • and the husband of the British Queen.

  • The question you might now ask yourself is how is a 97-year old man not just able to

  • drive a car but get out of a wreck and seem perfectly ok?

  • What are his bones made out of, adamantium!?

  • You can't also overlook the strength of his heart.

  • As for his wife, dear Lilibet, she was also well past 90 at the time of the crash and

  • still took the news on the chin.

  • What is it with those royals?

  • Do they know something we don't?

  • How do they live so well for so long?

  • Today we'll find out.

  • First of all, not all royals live until a ripe old age, but a lot do.

  • Back in the day when royals thought interbreeding was a good idea some of them lived with continual

  • health problems and quite a few barely made it past their infant years.

  • If you look at the Thai monarchy, the former King lived until he was 88, but if you go

  • back a few years to King Chulalongkorn, you'll find that many of his 77 surviving children

  • that he had with his 116 wives, consorts, and concubines, died very young.

  • Back then they thought procreating with half-sisters and close relatives was a good idea.

  • We now know that's a really bad idea.

  • The Europeans did it, too, but they also eventually quit hooking up with their own bloodline.

  • So, yes, in the past, Royals didn't especially have very long lives, but these days things

  • are different.

  • Take for instance Queen Elizabeth II's mother, known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

  • She almost made it to 102 to become the oldest surviving monarch of the British royal family.

  • She died peacefully while getting some Zzzzs after suffering from a cold for a few weeks.

  • The Queen Mother's record was broken by her sister-in-law, Princess Alice, Duchess

  • of Gloucester, who did make it to 102.

  • Then you had Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the daughter of Queen Victoria, who popped

  • her clogs aged 97.

  • Queen Victoria herself clocked out at 81, which when you consider life expectancy during

  • her reign was in the 40s for both men and women, she didn't have a “bad innings

  • at all.

  • As for her mom, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, she was born in 1786 and made it all the way

  • to 74.

  • As for centenarians from other royal families, there is a long list of them.

  • Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, the Queen mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, died in 2016

  • aged 109.

  • The African monarch Francisco Malabo Beosá left this world in 2001 aged 105.

  • The German Princess Isabelle of Salm-Salm died aged 105 in 2009.

  • The Japanese prince, Higashifushimi Kunihide, left us aged 103 in 2014.

  • Marianne, Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, is still alive today aged 101.

  • Ok, so it seems the royals on average seem to live longer lives than the rest of us do

  • on average.

  • But why is that exactly?

  • First of all, we should point out the obvious and that is wealth, or class, or whatever

  • you want to call it.

  • There might not be any royal family in the US, but there is a hell of a lot of rich people.

  • You might not know this, but life expectancy in that country for the rich and poor differs

  • vastly.

  • It's now said if you're born wealthy in America your life expectancy is almost 15

  • years greater than a poor personon average of course.

  • What about Britain, where the aging royals live?

  • It isn't so different there, either.

  • If you look at data from the Office for National Statistics you can see that if you come from

  • one of the most deprived areas in the country your life expectancy is around 74.

  • If you come from one of the least deprived areas your life expectancy is 83.

  • With that in mind, what is the absolute least deprived area in the UK?

  • The answer is Buckingham Palace and the other places where the royals are waited on hand

  • and foot 24/7.

  • It doesn't take a genius to understand that working 12-hour shifts 6 days a week in a

  • factory full of toxic fumes isn't that good for you.

  • Then on the weekend, you spend your hard-earned money doing rails of crushed Ritalin while

  • drinking copious amounts of extra-strength alcohol to forget you have a job.

  • Ok, not all people in deprived areas live such unhealthy lives, but many do, and just

  • about all of the poorest people don't have the cash or time to do evening yoga sessions

  • and buy the latest life-prolonging supplements.

  • So, that's one reason why royals tend to live so long.

  • They have enough money to buy items that might prolong life.

  • They have people who can cook the most nutritious meals for them and they don't get involved

  • in knife fights on the bus home from their grueling shift.

  • The poor are at risk of developing certain diseases that the rich don't get so much,

  • such as juvenile diabetes.

  • The rich are less likely to suffer from stress and depression than the poor, and depression

  • can lead to other health complications.

  • As for stress, many diseases related to being poor are related to chronic stress.

  • Stress over long periods of time suppresses the immune system, which can lead to disease.

  • Of course, the royals get stressed, but they might not suffer from the chronic stress that

  • many people do who are continually fearing the loss of a job or wondering how they'll

  • pay their next bill.

  • There are also studies that suggest inequality is worse than actual poverty when it comes

  • to chronic stress.

  • You can be poor amongst the poor and that might not be as bad as being the lowest in

  • a country where there are extreme economic differences.

  • The royals are the highest of the high, so they won't suffer in this respect.

  • Sure, there are also diseases of affluence, especially if someone is so rich that they

  • mainline foie gras every evening while imbibing two bottles of the finest Scotch whisky, but

  • the royals these days tend not to do that.

  • Even chain-smoking royals are a thing of the past.

  • These days they are almost all a picture of good health.

  • It wouldn't be good PR if, say, a royal talked to Oprah while sucking on a Marlboro

  • Light and downing a bottle of vodka.

  • But there's more to royal longevity than saying no to drugs, avoiding stress, or hard

  • work, and having enough money to have a varied and nutritious diet.

  • Let's now get back to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

  • If you look at a lot of royals of their time and before their time, they smoked liked chimneys

  • and many of them didn't live that long at all, mainly because they died of smoking-related

  • diseases.

  • Liz and Phil took a different route, and it seems to have worked out for them.

  • If you look at places around the world where people generally live a long time one of the

  • things that those people do is spend a lot of time walking outdoors.

  • The current royals are always out in the countryside, walking in the fresh air and generally meeting

  • their health app's daily expectations.

  • When they're not having fun walking around or participating in blood sports, royals are

  • often doing their touring duties.

  • That also involves lots of walking.

  • What did they use to do with people with chronic illnesses in the past?

  • The answer is they used to send them to the sanatorium to get some fresh air.

  • The royals have had no shortage of fresh air during their lives, that's for sure.

  • What's also important is that when they are not walking around fenced-off bits of

  • countryside and do become a bit sick, they have the best healthcare in the entire world.

  • Not long before we wrote this show, Prince Philip came out of the hospital ingood

  • spiritsafter having heart surgery.

  • The royal family not only has private doctors at their beck and call, but they don't have

  • to join a queue to receive treatment from the NHS.

  • People can die waiting to receive care, whereas that would never in a million years happen

  • to a royal.

  • In fact, at their private hospital in Marylebone, London, aka, “London's foremost private

  • hospital”, they receive the best medical care available to man or woman.

  • Every patient at that hospital has four nurses dedicated to them, and we imagine the royals

  • get an even better deal.

  • They also talk to some of the world's leading physicians, who, according to the hospital,

  • providededicated, individual attention.”

  • This is a far cry from lying in a packed hospital ward with coughing, wheezing folks who may

  • be bankrupted soon due to the outrageous bills.

  • Would Philip have left that hospital in good spirits had he faced the bottom rung of healthcare

  • or would he have left it in a body bag?

  • When you look further into the countries and places of this world that have many long-living

  • citizens another thing they tend to do is eat healthily.

  • Up in Scotland, folks might chow down on deep-fried pizza after drinking 11 pints in the pub,

  • but the British royals, their diet is second to none in terms of health.

  • The Queen is well known for eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and when she eats

  • meat she likes her game - some of the healthiest meats.

  • The royals have so many estates that they can get the best, freshest produce, minus

  • all the chemicals, right from their very backyard.

  • When the Queen wants to eat fish, and she loves fish, you can be sure it comes from

  • the freshest waters and so is not full of toxins.

  • The Queen famously steers away from starchy, high-carb products such as potatoes, pasta

  • and even rice, which are staple products the poor need to give them energy throughout the

  • day so they can complete their backbreaking work.

  • Ok, she's partial to a cup of tea and a biscuit now and again, but she'd hardly

  • be British if she wasn't.

  • She even has a tipple in the days, usually gin, but she doesn't ever get wasted.

  • Some studies suggest that a bit of red wine or a small amount of alcohol might actually

  • be good for us.

  • That's not conclusive, but the kind of moderation that the Queen embraces might not necessarily

  • be all that bad.

  • Ok, so there are some sources that say she might drink as many as four drinks a day,

  • but she apparently spaces them out.

  • It's not like she's doing a three-liter bottle of insanely strong cider each night

  • while watching Eastenders.

  • She eats healthy, has a small G&T, walks around, and relaxes.

  • Can that be so bad for her?

  • Evidently, not.

  • Lastly, there's the mind.

  • Whatever you think about the royals, especially the British ones who take up a lot of TV time,

  • they don't exactly lack purpose in life.

  • They have a large family, they need to be places, they're kind of supposed to rule

  • a kingdom.

  • There's hardly ever a dull day for these people.

  • There are some studies that suggest if you have purpose, if you still have so much to

  • get done, you might just live longer.

  • Maybe there's some luck thrown in there, too.

  • Elizabeth and Philip don't seem to have been born with any genetic defects that make

  • some susceptible to various diseases.

  • To borrow from a now-deceased American comedian, their family tree may look a bit like a stump,

  • but these two seemed to have dodged a few bullets.

  • Perhaps when royals aren't born with too many close-relative genes, their other good

  • fortunes bless them with a very long life.

  • Now you need to watch, “When Royal Inbreeding Went Horribly Wrong (And Other Royal Family

  • Stories)”.

  • Or, have a look at, “How Protected Is The British Royal Family?”

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How Do Royals Live So Long

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