2021-04-12 19:32:21 Royals Open Up About Prince Philip Death
Royals Open Up About Prince Philip Death
“You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready,” Princess Anne said in an emotional statement about her father’s death.
Following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II, the duke’s four children paid heartfelt tributes to their father this weekend.
“You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready,” Princess Anne, the couple’s second-oldest child and only daughter, said in a statement released Sunday. “My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate.”
The duke, Britain’s longest-serving royal consort, died “peacefully” on Friday at the age of 99, according to the royal family. His death occurred several weeks after he was discharged from the hospital, where he had been treated for an infection and had surgery for a preexisting heart condition.
“I would like to emphasise how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched,” Anne said in the statement. “We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.”
After attending church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on Sunday, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spoke with the British press.
Andrew, the couple’s third child, said the duke’s death “has brought at home to [him] not just [their] loss” but the loss of those who lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.
“He was a remarkable man,” Andrew said. “We have almost lost the nation’s grandfather. And I feel very sorry for and supportive of my mother, who, I believe, is feeling it the most.”
Andrew, who has stepped back from public royal duties following scrutiny over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, stated that the Queen described her husband’s death as “having left a huge void in her life.”
“However much one tries to prepare oneself, it’s still a dreadful shock.” Edward, the youngest of the four, said of his father’s death.
In a public address on Saturday, Prince Charles expressed his feelings, describing his father as “a very special person, who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him.”
“We are, my family, deeply grateful for all that,” Charles said. “It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”
Buckingham Palace officials announced Saturday that the prince’s funeral will be held in a small ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry will travel to the United Kingdom to attend the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will remain in the United States because she is in the final stages of pregnancy.