“You understand it’s going to occur however you might be by no means actually prepared,” stated Princess Anne in an emotional assertion in regards to the demise of her father.

Posted on April 11, 2021, at 12:56 p.m. ET

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and their youngsters in Buckingham Palace in 1972

The 4 youngsters of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II have shared transferring tributes to their father this weekend following the duke’s death.

“You understand it may occur however you might be by no means actually prepared,” the couple’s second-oldest little one and solely daughter, Princess Anne, stated in a press release launched Sunday. “My father has been my trainer, my supporter and my critic, however largely it’s his instance of a life nicely lived and repair freely on condition that I most needed to emulate.”

The duke, the longest-serving royal consort in British historical past, died “peacefully” Friday at age 99, the royal household said. His demise got here a number of weeks after he was launched from the hospital the place he had acquired therapy for an an infection and undergone surgical procedure for a preexisting coronary heart situation.

“I want to emphasise how a lot the household admire the messages and recollections of so many individuals whose lives he additionally touched,” Anne stated within the assertion. “We’ll miss him however he leaves a legacy which may encourage us all.”

Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Edward’s spouse, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spoke with the British press Sunday after attending church on the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.

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Prince Philip along with his 4 youngsters in 2002

Andrew, the third of the couple’s 4 youngsters, stated the duke’s demise “has introduced at house to [him] not simply [their] loss” however the lack of these whose family members have died in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He was a exceptional man,” Andrew stated. “We’ve misplaced nearly the grandfather of the nation. And I really feel very sorry and supportive of my mom, who’s feeling it, I feel, in all probability greater than everybody else.”

Andrew, who has stepped back from public royal duties following scrutiny over his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, stated the Queen described the lack of her husband of greater than 70 years as “having left an enormous void in her life.”

“We have misplaced nearly the grandfather of the nation”

Prince Andrew describes the Duke of Edinburgh as a “exceptional man” and says his demise has left “large void” for the Queen


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Edward, the youngest of the 4, stated of his father’s demise, “Nevertheless a lot one tries to arrange oneself, it’s nonetheless a dreadful shock.”

Prince Charles shared his sentiments in a public tackle Saturday, describing his father as “a really particular particular person, who I feel above all else would have been amazed by the response and the touching issues which were stated about him.”

“We’re, my household, deeply grateful for all that,” Charles stated. “It can maintain us on this explicit loss and at this notably unhappy time.”

Buckingham Palace officers introduced Saturday that the prince’s funeral will happen Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Fortress in a small ceremony.

Prince Harry will fly to the UK to attend the funeral, however his spouse, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will stay within the US as a result of she is within the late levels of being pregnant.


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