Prince Philip’s death was “very mild” — as if “somebody took him by the hand, and off he went,” his daughter-in-law mentioned Sunday.
Sophie Wessex — who’s married to Prince Edward, the 57-year-old youngest son of Philip and Queen Elizabeth II — mentioned the royal family is taking comfort on how “very peaceable” the 99-year-old’s death was Friday.
“It was proper for him and, you realize, it was so mild,” the countess mentioned as she joined her husband and different family members at a service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
“It was simply like somebody took him by the hand, and off he went,” she advised reporters outdoors the church.
She mentioned it was “very, very peaceable, and that’s all you need for any individual, isn’t it.”
The Queen was “considering of others earlier than herself,” the countess mentioned, at the same time as the monarch advised son Prince Andrew that the death “left an enormous void in her life.”
“I believe it’s so a lot simpler for the person who goes than the people who find themselves left behind,” Sophie mentioned.
“We’re all sitting right here one another going ‘that is terrible’. However equally, have a look at all the tributes. It’s simply superb,” she mentioned of well-wishers who continued to carry flowers and playing cards to royal households.
Regardless of Philip being two months shy of 100 and having simply had a month-long keep in a hospital the place he had coronary heart surgical procedure, his death Friday nonetheless got here as “a little bit of a shock,” Edward admitted.
“Nonetheless a lot one tries to organize oneself for one thing like this it’s nonetheless a dreadful shock. And we’re nonetheless attempting to return to phrases with that. And it’s very, very unhappy,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the “wave of affection for him and simply these pretty tales” from well-wishers had helped the family in “bearing up.”
“It simply goes to point out: he may need been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, however he meant a lot to so many different individuals,” he mentioned.
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