“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 children of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II shared heartwarming tributes to their father this weekend following the Duke’s death.
“You know it’s going to happen but you’re never really ready,” the couple’s second and only child, Princess Anne, said in a statement released Sunday. “My father was my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but above all he is his example of a life well lived and of a free service, since I most wanted to emulate”.
The duke, the longest-lived royal consort in British history, died “peacefully” on Friday at the age of 99, the royal family She said. His death occurred 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 appreciates the messages and memories of so many people whose lives it has also touched,” 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 in the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, said the duke’s death “brought her home [him] not only [their] loss “but the loss of those whose loved ones died during the coronavirus pandemic.
“He was an extraordinary man,” Andrew said. “We have almost lost the nation’s grandfather. And I feel very sorry and sympathetic to my mother, who feels it, I think, probably more than anyone else.”
Andrew, who retired from public royal duties after carefully examining her ties to Jeffrey Epstein, said the queen described the loss of her 70-plus-year-old husband as “leaving a huge void in her life.”
Edward, the youngest of the four, said of his father’s death: “As much as one tries to prepare, it’s still a terrible shock.”
Prince Charles shared his feelings in a public address on Saturday, to describe his father as “a very special person, who I think above all would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him”.
“We, my family, are deeply grateful for all of this,” said Charles. “It will support us in this particular loss and in this particularly sad time.”
Buckingham Palace officials announced Saturday that the prince’s funeral will take place Saturday in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle with a small ceremony.
Prince Harry will fly to the UK to attend the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will remain in the United States as she is in the latter stages of her pregnancy.