“You know this will happen, but you are not really ready,” Princess Anne said in an emotional statement about her father’s death.
The four children of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II shared their moving greetings to their father this weekend after The Duke’s death.
“You know it will happen, but you are never ready,” Princess Anne, the couple’s second-oldest child and only daughter, said in a statement released on Sunday. “My father was my teacher, my supporter, and my critic, but mostly his example of a life you lived well and served freely because I wanted to emulate it.”
The Duke, the longest serving royal companion in British history, He died “peacefully” Friday At the age of 99, the royal family He said. His death came several weeks after he was discharged from the hospital where he received treatment for an infection and underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.
“I would like to emphasize how much the family values the messages and memories of many of the people whose lives have touched as well,” Anne said in the statement. “We will miss him but he leaves a legacy that can inspire us all.”
Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spoke to the British press on Sunday after attending church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, said the Duke’s death “brought home.” [him] Not only [their] Loss ” But the loss of those whose loved ones died during the coronavirus pandemic.
He was an amazing man, Andrew said. “We have almost lost the nation’s grandfather. I feel very sorry and support my mother, who feels that, I think, maybe more than anyone else.”
Andrew, who has it She retreated from public royal duties After checking it Relationships with Geoffrey EpsteinThe Queen said the loss of her husband of more than 70 years “has left a huge void in her life.”
Edward, the youngest of the four, said of his father’s death, “No matter how hard a person tries to prepare himself, it is still a terrible shock.”
Prince Charles shared his feelings in a public address on Saturday, Describe His father was “a very special person, who I think was above all going to be amazed by the reaction and the moving things that were said about him.”
“We, my family, are very grateful for all of that,” said Charles. “It will remain this very loss and at this particularly sad time.”
Buckingham Palace officials announced Saturday that the prince’s funeral will take place on Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in a small ceremony.
Prince Harry will fly to the UK to attend Funeral, but his wife Megan, Duchess of Sussex, will remain in the US as she is in her late pregnancy.