The passing of Prince Philip has made a huge impact on the entire nation. Speaking about the personal loss, Queen Elizabeth II has described being left with a “huge void in her life” as shared by their son Prince Andrew on Sunday.
Talking to media after appearing in a service at the chapel at Royal Lodge Windsor, the Duke of York said: “I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who is feeling it probably more than anybody else.”
Philip, the constant companion of the Queen and the longest-serving consort in British history, died at the age of 99 on Friday. His body will rest at Windsor Castle until his funeral on Saturday.
“He was a remarkable man, I loved him as a father. He was so calm. If you had a problem he would think about it,” Andrew shared. “He was always someone you could go to.”
Soon after the news of Philip’s death was shared, it saw an outpouring of tributes worldwide, including messages from each living US President and other world leaders.
The royal family are “all feeling a great sense of loss,” Andrew mentioned. “We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation.”
When asked about how his mother is feeling, the duke replied: “The Queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person. And she described his passing as a miracle. And she’s contemplating. She described it as having left a huge void in her life,” he said, further mentioning that the family is “rallying around to make sure that we’re there to support her.”
Andrew, often stated as the Queen’s favourite son, has stepped back from public duties after a dreadful 2019 interview with the BBC over his linkage with a noticeable sex offender and mortified financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The youngest offspring of the Queen and Prince Philip, name Prince Edward, shared a sense of shock over his father’s death.
“However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it’s still a dreadful shock and we’re still trying to come to terms with that and it’s very, very sad,” Edward, the Earl of Wessex, shared with the media after the same service.
He further added that the royal family is grateful for the “extraordinary tributes, and the memories that everybody has had.”
Princess Anne, the Queen and Philip’s only daughter, described the duke as her “teacher,” “supporter” and “critic.”
“His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organisations with which he was involved,” she said in a statement on Sunday. “We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.”
“You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready,” the princess further added.