The death of Prince Philippe, two months before his 100th birthday, leaves a "great void" in the life of his 73-year-old wife, Queen Elizabeth II, their son Andrew reported after a commemorative mass on Sunday. .
The one who had become the patriarch of the royal family, a man renowned for his strong character, his outspokenness, but also his devotion to the queen and to the country, passed away
peacefully Friday at Windsor Castle, West London.
described it as a big void in his life, said Andrew, interviewed by British televisions after a mass in Windsor.
He was a remarkable man, I loved him as we love a father, added Andrew, 61, who has not held public office since 2019 because of his friendly ties with the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of trafficking in minors.
Her brother Prince Edward described
a terrible shock that the family
is trying to accept. The day before, the heir to the crown, Charles had confided that his
Dear daddy him
missing a lot.
We know it's gonna happen, but we're never ready, underlined their sister, Princess Anne, known to be close to Philippe.
My father was my teacher, my support and my critic, but what has been a role model for me the most are his life well lived and his sense of duty accomplished selflessly..
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While the public has been urged not to gather due to the pandemic, tributes have been held since the Duke of Edinburgh's death, with cannon fire across the UK on Saturday and minutes of silence in stadiums .
On Sunday, Archbishop Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Anglicans, called for prayers for the grieving royal family during a memorial mass at Canterbury Cathedral.
Due to the health crisis, the funeral of the prince, organized next Saturday at Windsor Castle, can only accommodate 30 people and will therefore be private.
Harry will be present
They will lead to Prince Harry's return to the UK for the first time since his withdrawal from royalty a year ago, raising hopes of reconciliation for a family whose dissension has come to light.
His wife Meghan, 39, who is expecting her second child this summer, will remain in California. Her doctor advised her not to travel to the UK, Buckingham Palace said.
It's the big comeback of Charles and Diana's youngest son after the shock interview he gave with his wife to Oprah Winfrey on March 7. He accused
the firm, nickname of the monarchy, for not having been able to support his wife, when she had mentioned her thoughts of suicide.
Harry and his wife, who is mixed race, spoke of the racism of a member of the royal family who allegedly questioned the skin color of their unborn child, specifying off camera that it was neither the Queen nor of her husband.
Harry, 36, also thought
really disappointed by the lack of support from his father, Prince Charles, and had revealed to have estranged from his brother William.
On Saturday, Harry and William will follow their grandfather's coffin on foot to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle where the ceremony will take place, recalling the images of the two brothers together behind that of their mother Diana after his death in 1997 , in Paris.
Both are keenly aware of their shared history and will undoubtedly remember the place their grandfather had in their lives. There is hope in an occasion like this, when brothers are united in pain, that they take a new turn, a source within the Monarchy told the tabloid The Mirror.
Harry, Duke of Sussex, will certainly use his time in the UK to spend time alongside his grandmother, Elizabeth II, who turns 95 on April 21.
He always stressed his good understanding with the Queen, repeating to Oprah Winfrey:
He's my colonel-in-chief. It will remain so.
The sovereign had said
saddened by interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and promised to deal with
in private accusations of racism.
So that the tensions subside,
it will depend on Harry, says Tom Bower, author of a biography of Prince Charles, in The Sun Sunday.
If he arrives with a warlike attitude, sure of his rights and free from any reproach, he risks sealing a permanent divorce with his family.