Prince Andrew Gives a Heartfelt Tribute Following His Father Prince Philip's Death
Prince Andrew paid tribute to his late father, Prince Philip, and revealed that his passing left a “huge void” in the Queen’s life.
The whole of Britain is in a state of mourning following the death of their beloved Prince Philip on April 9, 2021. The Monarch’s husband was 99-years-old when he passed away on Friday morning.
Many have since honored the Duke of Edinburgh through social media posts and statements, including Prince Andrew, who spoke well of his father and shared how the Queen feels a great loss.
Over his life, The Duke of Edinburgh was associated with 992 charities and organisations, from scientific and tech research to the welfare of young people and the encouragement of sport.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2021
Join us over the next 7 days as we look back at His Royal Highness's life and work. pic.twitter.com/KLpF42CHuq
PRINCE ANDREW’S TRIBUTE
The Duke of York had nothing but praises for his father, whom he called a great dad and good listener. Andrew also revealed that his mother felt his passing the most yet referred to his death as a “miracle.” He added:
“She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.”
He further added that Queen Elizabeth is forbearing of the situation, as she is with all else. Andrew’s statement came as he attended a service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Castle.
PRINCESS ANNE’S STATEMENT
Similarly, Princess Anne shared sweet words about her late father, mentor, defender, and critic. According to the royal, Philip was a man who inspired others to serve while living his life well.
Apart from dedicating his life in support of the Queen, he also served as an officer in the Royal Navy during World War II.
The Princess Royal is Her Majesty and Philip’s second child and only daughter. Anne is also reportedly the Duke of Edinburgh’s favorite child, according to close friends and family, who inherited many of his traits.
"My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate."— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2021
A message from The Princess Royal following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh: https://t.co/LqX46BeIVh pic.twitter.com/YkZxOTSrUM
PRINCE PHILIP’S KIDS
Philip had different relationships with each of his children. Although he was in a good place with his eldest, Prince Charles, the father and son had different personalities. According to royal biographer Penny Junor, the two had a more formal relationship.
Meanwhile, Philip’s relationship with his second eldest son, Andrew, was quite strained. In a 1990 interview, Philip revealed that he was not happy with Andrew’s divorce from Sarah Ferguson. He was also against his son’s friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Edward, the youngest child, reportedly had a great relationship and strong bond with his late father. During interviews, Edward always praised and defended Philip for being a great man.
The Prince of Wales pays tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh on behalf of The Royal Family. pic.twitter.com/tDP0rkKGzc— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) April 10, 2021
PRINCE PHILIP’S DEATH
Prince Philip had several health scares in the past and had been frail of late. The palace announced his demise on Friday through a Twitter post that came with the duke’s photograph.
According to the post, Philip peacefully died in Windsor Castle. Several tweets about the 99-year-old's life as a husband to Queen Elizabeth followed, accompanied by photographs of several events.
The late royal was the longest-reigning consort in British history. Apart from dedicating his life in support of the Queen, he also served as an officer in the Royal Navy during World War II.