Princess Anne paid tribute to her father – she admitted she knew it was going to happen, but said “you are never really ready”.
The Princess Royal has been privately mourning her father, Prince Philip, since his death on Friday at the age of 99.
But she released a public statement today shedding light on her private thoughts on the Duke of Edinburgh.
She said he was her “teacher” and “supporter” – but also her “critic”.
Princess Anne also said she admired his “ability to treat each person as an individual with their own abilities”.
The full statement released today by the princess read: “You know it is going to happen, but you are never really ready.
“My father was my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life that has lived well and served freely that I wanted to emulate. His ability to treat each person as an individual . ” Their own skills come through all of the organizations he’s been involved with.
“I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to keep him updated on your activities. I know how much he means to you in the UK across the country has commonwealth and around the world.
“I want to emphasize how much the family values the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he has touched.
“We will miss him, but he leaves a legacy that can inspire us all.”
Preparations for Prince Philip’s funeral are underway as the country officially grieves.
The ceremonial royal funeral will take place in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday April 17th and will be shown on TV as coronavirus restrictions prevent crowds from gathering to say goodbye.
Only 30 mourners will be in attendance, with Meghan Markle banned from flying because she is pregnant and PM Boris Johnson says he will not attend so more family members or close friends can say goodbye.
Prince Harry, Prince Philip’s grandson, will be present alongside brother Prince William.