Prince Philip and the Mysterious Mr. Janus
Date: March 28, 1954
Location: London, England
There are many reasons to believe that they, UFOs, do exist. There is so much evidence from reliable witnesses.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, London Sunday Dispatch Prince Philip, March 28, 1954.
Both Prince Phillip and his Uncle Louis Mountbatten held a keen interest in UFOs. Perhaps they knew something that has remained a royal secret for decades. Both were military men. Mountbatten had witnessed a UFO whilst serving in the Royal Navy and this inspired his lifelong interest.
Once the embers of World War II had finally died down across Europe, and the Cold War began to chill, both men were indirectly involved in very strange alien encounters.
Back in the 1950s Prince Philip was keen to meet the famous contactee, George Adamski, who claimed he had been taken on a tour of the solar system by aliens from Venus.
The meeting was never arranged of course and Prince Philip was denied his chance to discuss space travel with the Polish American. Unless a clandestine liaison was arranged that never entered the public record. But Prince Philip’s interest in the UFO subject remained.
Nick Pope the former Civil Servant in charge of the UFO desk for the MoD has confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh kept a map at Buckingham Palace with the locations of UFO sightings on his wall. The Duke even asked the British Air Ministry to send him a copy of their UFO reports. He also encouraged his equerry, Senior Attendant, Sir Peter Horsley, to discreetly study UFO cases and to bring UFO witnesses to the Palace for private discussions. This is where things get seriously weird.
Sir Peter Horsley was a former World War II pilot and squadron leader. He entered the service of the Royals in July 1949 before returning to the RAF in 1956 where he rose through the ranks. His final role in the RAF was as Deputy Commander in Chief RAF Strike Command in 1973 before he retired. In 1954 Horsley was invited, by a British Army General Martin, to meet an extraterrestrial being in a flat in London. The property belonged to a Mrs Markham at the time. Sir Peter was taken to a dimly lit room where he encountered one very mysterious Mr Janus.
Horsley recalls very little about any features of Mr Janus in his autobiography Sounds from Another Room.
What is strange is that I have no lasting impression of him. He seemed to fit perfectly in his surroundings. If I have any impression it was his quiet voice which had a rich quality to it. He looked about 45 to 50 years old and was wearing a suit and a tie. He was quite normal in every way except that he seemed to be tuning into my mind and gradually took over the conversation. …by the end of the meeting I was quite disturbed really.
The conversation started with Janus asking Horsley about everything he knew about flying saucers. Janus explained that man was going through a Dark Age. Humanity was using technology like a child with new toys giving scant regard to his surroundings, nature and his fellow humans. He explained that in 20 or 30 years remember this was 1954 that rockets and satellites would become commonplace and miniaturization of our technology and advances in communication would grow rapidly. However he stressed that Earth was in a backwater of the galaxy, inhabited by half civilized beings who posed a danger to their neighbors. Earth was visited from time to time but mainly by robot controlled probes. Occasional physical interference was necessary but that a general rule of space exploration applied throughout the galaxy.
At the end of a long conversation Sir Peter asked Janus what his specific interest was. To which Janus replied:
You do not interfere with the natural development and order of life in the universe.
Horsley made a full verbatim report of his meeting. He was disturbed by the fact that Janus could seemingly read his mind and had a significant knowledge of nuclear installations in Britain. Michael Parker, Prince Philip’s private secretary, treated the whole affair as a joke but commented that the Duke of Edinburgh had actually kept an open mind to the whole affair.
When Horsley published his memoirs in 1997, a senior official at the Ministry of Defence commented:
How unfortunate that the public will learn that the man who had his finger on the button of Strike Command was seeing little green men.