“You know it’s going to happen but you’re never really ready,” Princess Anne said in an emotional statement about her father’s death.
The four sons of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II paid a moving tribute to their father this weekend. the death of the duke.
“You know it’s going to happen but you’re never really ready,” the couple’s second son and only daughter, Princess Anne, said in a statement released Sunday. “My father was my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but above all he was his example of a well-lived life and freely given service that I wanted the most to emulate.”
The Duke, the longest royal consort in British history, he died “peacefully” on Friday at 99, the royal family he said. His death came several weeks after his release from the hospital where he had received treatment for an infection and underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.
“I want to emphasize how much the family appreciates the messages and memories of so many people who have also touched their lives,” 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 him home [him] not only [their] loss ”but the loss of those whose loved ones died during the coronavirus pandemic.
“He was a remarkable man,” Andrew said. “We’ve almost lost the nation’s grandfather. And I’m very sorry and support my mother, who feels, I think, probably more than anyone else.”
Andrew, who has he retired from royal public duties after a scrutiny over his ties with Jeffrey Epstein, said the Queen described the loss of her husband of more than 70 years as “having left a huge vacancy in her life”.
Edward, the youngest of the four, said of his father’s death: “No matter how hard you try to prepare, it’s always a terrible scare.”
Prince Charles had his sentiments in a public speech Saturday, describing his father as “a very special person, who I think above all would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that were said about him.”
“We, my family, are deeply grateful for all of this,” Charles said. “He will support us in this particular loss and in this particularly sad time.”
Officials at Buckingham Palace announced Saturday that the prince’s funeral will be held Saturday in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in a small ceremony.
Prince Harry will fly to the UK to participate the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will stay in the United States because she is at the end of her pregnancy.