“You know it’s going to happen but you’re never ready,” Princess Ann said in an emotional statement about her father’s death.
Prince Philip’s four children, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II, have paid their last respects to their father this weekend.
“You know this is going to happen but you are never ready,” said Princess Ann, the couple’s second eldest child and only daughter, in a statement released Sunday. “My father was my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but for the most part it was an example of a good life and independent service that I wanted to imitate the most.”
Duke, the longest-serving royal colleague in British history, died “peacefully” on Friday at the age of family, the royal family Said. He died a few weeks after being released from the hospital where he was treated for an infection and underwent surgery for a pre-existing condition of heart disease.
“I would like to emphasize how much the family appreciates the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he has touched,” Ann said in a statement. “We will miss him but he has left a legacy that can inspire us all.”
Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spoke to the British media on Sunday after attending church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, said Duke’s death “brought home [him] Not only that [their] Damage “But the loss of loved ones who died in the coronavirus epidemic.
“He was an extraordinary man,” Andrew said. “We have almost lost the father of the nation.
Andrew, who stepped down from public royal duties after scrutinizing his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, said the queen had described her husband’s loss for more than 70 years as “leaving a big void in her life”.
Edward, the youngest of four, said of his father’s death, “No matter how hard one tries to prepare oneself, it’s still a terrible shock.”
Prince Charles shared his feelings in a public meeting on Saturday, To describe Her father was “a very special person, whom I think would be surprised to see the reaction and the sensitive things being said about her.”
“We, my family, are deeply grateful for this,” Charles said. “It will keep us in this special loss and in this particularly sad time.”
Buckingham Palace officials announced Saturday that the prince’s funeral will be held in a small ceremony Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry will travel to the UK to attend the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will be in the US as she is in the final stages of pregnancy.