Entertainment Prince Andrew Speaks Out for the First Time Since Epstein Scandal to Mourn Father Prince Philip
Death of Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elisabeth II
© AP - Alastair Grant Prince Philip, in October 2018. Prince Philip, Husband of the Queen of England, died this Friday morning at age 99 years old, announced the Palace of Buckingham. Discreet, he had lived throughout his life in the shadow of his wife. Philip Moutbatten , Prince of Greece and Denmark, was born on June 10, 1921 in Corfu in Greece.
joined other members of the royal family in mourning his father, , 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 hisin Nov. 2019 regarding his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew remembered his father as "the grandfather of the nation."
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99
LONDON — Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that both defined and constricted his life, has died, Buckingham Palace said Friday. He was 99. His life spanned nearly a century of European history, starting with his birth as a member of the Greek royal family and ending as Britain’s longest serving consort during a turbulent reign in which the thousand-year-old monarchy was forced to reinvent itself for the 21st century.
"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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"We've lost almost the grandfather of the nation"
Prince Andrew describes the Duke of Edinburgh as a "remarkable man" and says his death has left "huge void" for the Queen
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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."
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Prince Andrew's fall from the public face of the royal family began in Nov. 2019 when he wasabout his friendship with Epstein, who in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on multiple sex charges, and allegations that he had sex with (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.
Prince Andrew joined his three siblings and other family members in speaking about Prince Philip's death over the weekend.
, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's eldest child, released a 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."
The Prince of Wales pays tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh on behalf of The Royal Family.
The Latest: Biden lauds Philip's decades of public service
Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: ___ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden say they are keeping Queen Elizabeth II and her family in their hearts following the death of Prince Philip. In offering condolences on behalf of the United States, the Bidens say in a statement the impact of the prince’s decades of public service is evident in the causes he advocated. The Bidens cited Philip’s involvement with environmental causes, the military and young people. They add Philip’s legacy will live on not only through his family, his children and grandchildren, but in all the charitable endeavours he helped shaped.— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse)
On Monday, Prince William shared a personal message and aof his son 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."
Prince Harry, who has returned to the U.K. from California to attend Philip's funeral on Saturday, alsoon 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.
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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.