Prince Philip: Sophie Wessex praises the Queen
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Following the weekly service at the Chapel of the All Saints in Windsor this morning, Sophie spoke with her husband, Prince Edward as they revealed how the Queen was coping with Prince Philip’s death. Speaking to reporters gathered outside the chapel, Sophie revealed the Queen was “thinking others before herself” before Edward added she was “bearing up”. Commenting on the tributes paid to Philip, Edward insisted the Royal Family had been touched by the volume of affection directed at the Duke.
Edward said: “It’s just that wave of affection for him and just those lovely stories.
“They just mean so much and the tributes have been just fantastic.
“That’s really, really important and we really do appreciate it.
“He might have been our father, grandfather but he meant so much to so many other people.”
Prince Andrew also said after the service: “It’s a great loss.
“I think the way I would put it is we’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation.”
Next Saturday, the Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a service for the Duke’s funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Due to covid restrictions, it will only be attended by 30 guests, including Prince Harry who will travel over from the US.
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Harry will not be joined by Meghan, however, as she is due with their second child.
Following the wave of tributes for the Duke, Prince Charles also released a touching video from his Highgrove residence.
In the video, Charles said his father had been a much-loved and appreciated figure for the country.
He also said his father had given his life to serving the Queen but also the country and the whole of the Commonwealth.
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Charles said: “My father for I suppose, the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my family, and to the country and also to the whole of the Commonwealth.
“And as you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously – he was a much-loved and appreciated figure, and apart from anything else, I can imagine he’d be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world in the Commonwealth who also, I think, share our loss and our sorrow.
“And my dear Papa was a very special person who I think, above all else, would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that are being said about him.
“And from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that – it will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time.”
Charles had visited his father during his stay at the King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duke had stayed to undergo an operation for a preexisting heart condition.
During his visit, Philip allegedly held a frank and honest with his son over his new role and to prepare him for his father’s death.
A source told The Daily Mirror: “The Duke was doing everything he could to get out of hospital but he summoned his son to have a discussion that was both full and frank, yet heartfelt – and, truth be told, neither of them were sure it would not be their last meeting.”
There will be full television coverage of the funeral next week and it is thought Charles will give the eulogy.
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