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Entertainment Prince Andrew Speaks Out for the First Time Since Epstein Scandal to Mourn Father Prince Philip

20:16  12 april  2021
20:16  12 april  2021 Source:   people.com

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Prince Andrew speaks during a television interview outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of his father, Prince Philip © Provided by People STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Prince Andrew speaks during a television interview outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of his father, Prince Philip

Prince Andrew joined other members of the royal family in mourning his father, Prince Philip, who died on Friday at the age of 99.

Speaking in public for the first time since he stepped away from public duties in the wake of his disastrous BBC interview in Nov. 2019 regarding his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew remembered his father as "the grandfather of the nation."

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew speaks during a television interview outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of his father, Prince Philip © STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Prince Andrew speaks during a television interview outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of his father, Prince Philip

"I loved him as a father. He was so calm…He was always someone you could go to and he would always listen," Andrew, 61, told reporters at a special service at the Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park on Sunday.

He added, "We've lost almost the grandfather of the nation."

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Prince Andrew also thought of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who was married to Prince Philip for 73 years.

"I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who's feeling it, I think, probably more than everyone else," he said.

"The Queen, as you'd expect, is an incredibly stoic person. She described his passing as a miracle. She's contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it," Andrew continued. "She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we, the family, the ones that are close to her, are rallying around to make sure we are there to support her."

Elizabeth II wearing a suit and tie: Tim Graham/Getty Images Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth © Provided by People Tim Graham/Getty Images Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth

Gallery: Royal Family Reacts to Prince Philip's Death (US Weekly)

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, Anne, Princess Royal are posing for a picture: In loving memory. Prince Philip’s family shared heartfelt messages and memories of the late royal following his death on Friday, April 9. Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday that the Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years before his passing, died at the age of 99 at his home in England. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the family’s statement read. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.” A source exclusively told Us Weekly on Friday that Her Majesty, 94, is “heartbroken” over the loss of her husband. “Prince Philip had been in poor health recently, but the loss was still a surprise,” the insider added. Philip, who was born in Corfu, Greece, but moved to France as an infant after his family was exiled, passed away less than a month after he returned home on March 16 from a 28-day hospital stay. The former British Royal Navy cadet, who shared four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, with the queen, was admitted to the hospital in February as a “precautionary measure” after feeling ill. After undergoing a successful heart surgery for a “preexisting condition” and seeking treatment for “an infection,” he returned home to his wife last month. The monarch, who shares eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren with Philip, is currently in an eight-day mourning period in accordance with royal tradition. She will return to her royal duties after the set time frame but will continue to work in private for 30 more days.     Planning for Philip’s funeral is already underway, but the memorial will break from tradition amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “There will be no state funeral held at this time for Philip,” a second source told Us exclusively on Friday. “They do not want his death to have a negative impact on the U.K.’s pandemic protocols.” While the family plans to keep things “small” amid the health crisis, the first source revealed that Elizabeth hopes that her grandson Prince Harry will be able to fly home from his family residence in California, having been away from the palace for more than a year. “The queen wants Harry to be there,” the insider said of the funeral. “Harry is hopeful that he’ll be able to return home to honor his grandfather, who he had a close bond with.” A third source told Us that Harry, 36, is “really upset” what he wasn’t able to make it back to the U.K. before his grandfather died. “Harry feels guilty for not being there to say goodbye to Prince Philip in person,” the insider explained. Although he is currently overseas, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, sent their sympathies and paid tribute to the late prince via social media. Scroll down to see how the royal family is mourning the patriarch following his death.

Prince Andrew's fall from the public face of the royal family began in Nov. 2019 when he was interviewed by the BBC about his friendship with Epstein, who died by suicide in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on multiple sex charges, and allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre) when she was 17 years old, a claim Andrew denies. In the furor over the days that followed, the Queen's son issued a statement saying he was "stepping back" from royal duties.

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"It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support," he said in the statement.

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Prince Andrew joined his three siblings and other family members in speaking about Prince Philip's death over the weekend.

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Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's eldest child, released a video message on Saturday.

"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 have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that," the 72-year-old heir said. "It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time."

On Monday, Prince William shared a personal message and a never-before-seen family photo of his son Prince George with Prince Philip. The sweet photo, which shows the young prince reading a book as he sits beside his great-grandfather in his carriage, was taken by Kate Middleton in Norfolk in 2015.

"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead," William said. "I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."

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Prince Harry, who has returned to the U.K. from California to attend Philip's funeral on Saturday, also paid tribute to his grandfather on Monday.

"To me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end," Harry said.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Phil Walter/Getty Prince Harry and Prince Philip © Provided by People Phil Walter/Getty Prince Harry and Prince Philip

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"Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself," Harry also wrote. "You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."

Royal Family mourns Prince Philip with pared down funeral at Windsor Castle amid COVID-19 .
Prince Philip died on April 9, just two months shy of his 100th birthday.The ceremony for Philip, who died at the age of 99 on April 9, was limited in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

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