WINDSOR, England – Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, thanked the public on Saturday for their deep condolences and messages of support following the death of his “dear papa”, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Charles, 72, who visited his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle on Friday after news of his father’s death broke, said the family “tremendously” made him “tremendously” in a brief televised address outside his home, Highgrove House missing.
He thanked those who “share our loss and our sadness” and said: “My dear papa was a very special person who, in my opinion, would have been amazed especially by the reaction and the touching things that were said about him and From this point of view we, my family, are deeply grateful. “
Philip died on Friday at the age of 99, just two months before his 100th birthday.
Last month he spent weeks in the hospital receiving treatment for an unspecified infection and undergoing medical procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.
Just before Charles’ message aired, Buckingham Palace said Philip’s solemn funeral would be held on April 17th at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – in line with coronavirus restrictions. The reduced event will be televised and marked by a national minute of silence.
Royal commentator Camilla Tominey told NBC News that the queen’s children would help the monarch cope in a moment of tremendous grief and grief.
“We cannot underestimate the profound emotional impact this will have on the queen. She has been married to Prince Phillip for 73 years and he is an integral part of her regular reign,” said Tominey.
She added that Philip was “secretly pleased” with the reduced funeral plans.
“At the end of the day in life, he was someone who didn’t want a fuss and he would be the same in death,” she said, adding that Charles would likely have more royal engagements after his father died.
Despite lockdowns in place, people of all ages flocked to plant flowers and show their respect outside the country 11th century Windsor Castlewhere Philip died and the Queen is in the residence. Similar scenes took place outside Buckingham Palace in central London, about 30 miles away.
British newspapers were full of pictures and memories of the no-nonsense prince on Saturday as international condolences came in from world leaders.
The previous Saturday, Charles’ younger brother, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, were briefly spotted leaving Windsor Castle after visiting the Queen. With tears in her eyes, Sophie told the crowd that the monarch was “amazing”.
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The Queen has not yet publicly commented on her husband’s death, however official royal family social media accounts On Saturday, she shared a quote from a 1997 speech she gave on her golden wedding anniversary, in which she called Philip “my strength and all these years will remain”.
Her grandson Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan paid their respects in a message posted on the couple’s Friday Archewell websitewho thanked the Duke of Edinburgh for his service and said he would be “greatly missed”.
While Harry is expected at the funeral, Meghan, who is pregnant, won’t make the trip, Buckingham Palace said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex rocked the royal boat last month after giving a personal interview to media mogul Oprah Winfrey about life behind palace walls. In a separate interview with the British television presenter James CordenHarry also revealed that his grandparents often made Zoom calls to keep in touch across the Atlantic.
The UK’s national broadcaster, the BBC, aired earlier recordings of interviews with Philip’s children in a documentary over the weekend. Charles joked that his indescribable father “didn’t like being fooled,” but noted that his “energy was amazing to support my mother”.
“I think he would probably want to be remembered as a separate person,” he added.
Michael Fiorentino and Mo Abbas contributed.