Queen says Prince Philip’s death has ‘left a huge void in her life’

Prince Andrew said the family were ‘rallying round’ to support the Queen (Picture: Getty; PA)
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The Queen has described the death of Prince Philip as leaving ‘a huge void in her life’, her son said.

Prince Andrew spoke about the impact on the family, revealing how his mother described the passing of her husband.

He described what happened as an ‘enormous change’ but said the family are rallying around to support her.

The Duke of York said: ‘The Queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person. 

‘She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

‘She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.’

Andrew, Edward and Sophie react to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Andrew, Edward and Sophie react to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019, said of Philip: ‘He was a remarkable man.

‘I loved him as a father. He was so calm. If you had a problem, he would think about it.

‘That’s the great thing that I always think about, that he was always somebody you could go to and he would always listen so it’s a great loss.

‘We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation. And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who’s feeling it probably more than everybody else.’

Andrew, who was joined at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, by his brother Edward, his wife Sophie and their daughter Louise for a Sunday service, said they had joined in prayers at the private chapel ahead of the funeral.

The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward said: ‘It’s been a bit of a shock. However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this it’s still a dreadful shock and we’re trying to come to terms with that. And it’s very, very sad. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew, Duke of York watch the racing from the balcony of the Royal Box at Epsom Racecourse in 2016
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Prince Andrew, watch the racing from the balcony of the Royal Box at Epsom Racecourse in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

‘But I have to say that the extraordinary tributes and the memories that everybody has been willing to share has been so fantastic, and it just goes to show, he might have been our father, grandfather and father-in-law, but he meant so much to so many other people.’

He said he meant a ‘huge’ amount people who lived and worked at Balmoral and Sandringham, as well as those linked to Windsor Great Park where he was the Ranger. 

The Countess of Wessex said the Duke of Edinburgh always stopped to greet people on the royal estates.

She said: ‘He always exchanged words with everybody because it didn’t matter what anybody was doing in and around the estate here (at Windsor) and everywhere else, they all meant a lot to him and he always took a very personal interest in everything that they were doing.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor (Picture: PA)

‘So they all have got stories to tell and most of them are quite funny as well.’

Referring to the tributes that have been paid around the world, Sophie said it had been ‘so lovely for so many people to learn about what he did because I just think quite a lot of things that have come out will have surprised some people and how intrinsic he was to every element of society, if you look at it’.

The Queen is ‘thinking of others before herself’, the Countess of Wessex said.

The Earl of Wessex added: ‘As always. But bearing up, and again it’s just that wave of affection for him (the Duke of Edinburgh) 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.’