“You know it’s going to happen but you’re never really ready,” said Princess Anne in a moving statement about her father’s death.
The four children of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II shared touching gratitude to their father later this weekend. death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“You know it’s going to happen but you’re never really ready,” the couple’s second and only oldest daughter, Princess Anne, said in a statement released on Sunday. “My father was my mentor, advocate and critic, but for the most part it was his example of the good life and free service I want to emulate most.”
The Duke, the longest serving royal servant in British history, die “peacefully” on Friday at 99, royal to speak. His death came weeks after he was released from the hospital, where he received infection treatment and surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.
“I want to emphasize how much the family cherishes the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he has touched,” said Anne. “We’ll miss him but he leaves behind 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 not only our losses” but also the loss of loved ones who died. in a pandemic coronavirus.
“He’s a remarkable man,” Andrew said. “We almost lost our nation’s grandfather. And I feel sorry and supportive of my mother, who I think is probably more than the others.”
Andrew, who did Withdraw from royal public duties after careful consideration relationship with Jeffrey EpsteinThe Queen describes the loss of her husband for more than 70 years as “leaving a huge void in her life.”
Edward, the youngest of the four, said of his father’s death: “No matter how much someone tries to prepare themselves, it is a terrible shock.”
Prince Charles shared his feelings in a public speech on Saturday, describe his father was “a very special person, who I think would be amazed by the reaction and touching things that have been said about him above all.”
“We, my family, are deeply grateful for all that,” Charles said. “It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad moment.”
Buckingham Palace officials on Saturday announced that the prince’s funeral would take place on Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle during a small ceremony.
Prince Harry will fly to the UK to attend the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will stay in the United States while she is in the final stages of her pregnancy.