Two great-grandchildren named after Prince Philip ‘but he never got to meet’

Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall honoured their grandpa by naming their new sons after him (Picture: Princess Eugenie Instagram/Getty)
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Two great-grandchildren of Prince Philip were touchingly named after him – but it is thought he never got the chance to meet them.

Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall both paid touching tributes to their beloved grandfather by choosing Philip for the middle names of their newborn sons earlier this year.

Eugenie, 31, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first baby, August Philip Hawke in February.

A month later, cousin Zara, who is the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, gave birth to her third child and first son with husband Mike Tindall. 

They named him Lucas Philip Tindall in honour of the duke.

But due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, it is thought Prince Philip did not meet them before he passed on Friday morning, aged 99.

The Queen And Prince Philip With Grand-daughters Princess Beatrice And Princess Eugenie Attending Prayers For The Anniversary Of The Death Of The Princess Of Wales
Prince Philip had a close bond with granddaughter Princess Eugenie (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library)
Princess Eugenie.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed baby August in February (Picture: Princess Eugenie Instagram)

The Duke of Edinburgh had been shielding with the Queen and royal aides at Windsor Castle throughout the pandemic, in what was dubbed ‘HMS Bubble’.

On February 16, he was admitted to King Edward’s VII hospital for treatment for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection.

Philip spent 28 nights – his longest ever stint – between the central London hospital and St Bartholomew’s, before being sent home to Windsor Castle on March 16.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced ‘with deep sorrow’ that the Queen’s ‘beloved husband’ had passed away peacefully at home.

Princess Eugenie and Philip had shared a close bond and she previously described him as the ‘rock’ of the family.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall at Cheltenham Racecourse. Zara Tindall has given birth to a son, who has been named Lucas Philip Tindall, the couple have announced.
Zara and Mike Tindall welcomed their first son in March (Picture: PA)

Speaking in the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety, the princess said: ‘I think Grandpa is incredible. 

‘He really is strong and consistent. 

‘He’s been there for all these years, and I think he’s the rock, you know, for all of us.’  

Prince Philip’s funeral will be a small, socially distanced family service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh had always said he ‘didn’t want a fuss’ for his funeral and will be buried in Frogmore Gardens on Saturday.