“You know it’s going to happen, but you’re never really ready,” Princess Anne said in a moving statement about her father’s death.
The four children of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II shared moving tributes to their father this weekend after the Duke’s death.
“You know it’s going to happen, but you’re never really ready,” the couple’s second eldest and only daughter, Princess Anne, said in a statement on Sunday. “My father was my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but above all he is his example of a life well lived and free service as I wanted to emulate the most.
The Duke, the oldest royal consort in British history, died “peacefully” on Friday at 99, the royal family mentionned. His death came several weeks after being released from hospital where he had been treated for an infection and had surgery for pre-existing heart disease.
“I would like to emphasize how much the family appreciates the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he has also touched,” Anne said in the statement. “He will be missed 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 of the Chapel Royal of All Saints in Windsor.
Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, said the Duke’s death “brought home to [him] not only [their] loss “but the loss of those whose loved ones died in the coronavirus pandemic.
“He was a remarkable man,” said Andrew. “We almost lost the nation’s grandfather. And I’m very sorry and I support my mother, who feels it, I think, probably more than everyone else.”
Andrew, who has stepped down from public royal duties after close scrutiny of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, said the Queen described the loss of her 70-year-old husband as “having left a huge void in his life “.
Edward, the youngest of the four, said of his father’s death, “Even if we try to prepare, it’s still a terrible shock.”
Prince Charles shared his feelings during a public address on Saturday, describing her 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 her”.
“We, my family, are deeply grateful for all of this,” Charles said. “It will support us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”
Buckingham Palace officials announced on Saturday that the prince’s funeral will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday in a small ceremony.
Prince Harry will be flying to the UK to attend the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will remain in the United States as she is nearing the end of her pregnancy.