“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 have shared emotional tributes to their father this coming 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 has been my teacher, my advocate, and my critic, but most of all he is his example of a well-lived and self-serving life given that I wanted to emulate.”
The Duke, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, died “peacefully” on Friday at age 99, the royal family dit. His death came several weeks after he was released from hospital, where he had been treated for an infection and had surgery for pre-existing heart disease.
“I would like to highlight how grateful the family is for the messages and memories of so many people who were also touched by life,” 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 the church of 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 who have killed their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.
“He was a remarkable man,” Andrew said. “We’ve almost lost the nation’s grandfather. And I feel very serious and supportive of my mother, who probably feels it more than anyone.”
Andrew, who does he took a step back from public royal duties after a scrutiny over his ties up with Jeffrey Epstein, said the queen described the loss of her husband for more than 70 years as “having left a huge void 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 still a terrible shock.”
Prince Charles shared his feelings in a public speech on Saturday, describing his father as “a very special person, who I think above all would have been surprised by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him.”
“We, my family, are deeply grateful for all of this,” Charles said. “It will keep us in this particular loss and in this particularly sad time.”
Buckingham Palace officials announced on Saturday that the prince’s funeral will take place on Saturday in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in 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 because she is in the final stages of her pregnancy.