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The children of the Duke of Edinburgh shared their reflections on the achievements and legacy of the life of their father, Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died this Friday at the age of 99.
“His energy was amazing in supporting my mother and having done it for so long,” Prince Charles of Wales told the BBC.
“It was always there, like a pillar in the life of the queen “said Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, fourth and last son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
The Princess Royal, Anne of England, praised the tandem that formed with the monarch.
And the Duke of York fondly remembered Prince Philip as a father who spent time with his family. “Like any other family at that time, your parents went to work during the day but at night we met, we sat down together on the couch and he read us“said Prince Andrew.
Royals spoke in a series of interviews to commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh’s death as part of a special BBC program honoring him on behalf of “those who knew him best.”
Prince Charles said on the show: “I think he probably wants to be remembered as an individual, on his own merits.”
Reflecting on his father’s difficult childhood after his family’s exile, the Prince of Wales said: “It couldn’t have been easy. Life was uncertain and everyone had to depend on the help of other people and apparently he he had to turn to himself. “
That experience gave him the “extraordinary ability” to be positive and from overcome adversitysaid Princess Anne.
Prince Charles spoke of the “great courage” his father found in his training at Gordonstoun (a boarding school in Scotland) founded by Kurt Hahn, an unconventional figure who emphasized self-reliance and risk, and who in part inspired the creation of the Prize. Duke of Edinburgh.
Going from having a career in the British Royal Navy to becoming a royal consort was “an incredible challenge,” said Princess Anne. “In the Royal Navy he was in charge of the ships, made all the decisions. In his next life, he would take very little. “
However, Prince Andrew, who served in the navy during the Falklands War, said he never had any conversation with his father about whether he would have stayed longer in the service. “He considered his role to be that of support the queen“said the prince.
Princess Anne talked about how her vision on helping the queen “always seemed to be present “and it was vital because she came to the throne at a very young age.
Prince Edward recalled a “lovely moment” when his mother paid tribute to his father on the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, granting the organization a Royal Statute.
“Anyway, it probably meant more to my mother; my father was too modest to be even minimally interested in all that sort of thing, he would downplay it,” said the prince.
He also said that the award was the result of Prince Felipe’s belief that “harnessing the passion of young people propels them forward in life and success.”
Prince Edward said that his father was “a great source of support, encouragement and guidance from beginning to end“.
Princess Anne added: “I think I will remember him as someone who was always there, and as a person with whom you could exchange ideas and to whom you could always go if you had problems.”
The legendary “frankness” of Prince Philip was inherited from his mother, Prince Charles explained with an anecdote.
His mother, the princess Alice of Battenberg, was buried in Jerusalem, where she is also honored at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as “Righteous Among the Nations” for protecting the Jews at her home in Athens during World War II.
“My father asked him, ‘How will we ever visit your grave?'” Recalled the Prince of Wales. “She said, ‘Don’t be silly, there is a very good bus service from Athens.”
The Duke of Edinburgh “was not very tolerant of fools,” Prince Charles said, which “made you have to choose your words carefully.”
Prince Edward said his father took on a complex role “with the most extraordinary style, tact and diplomacy: Never try outshine the queen in no way, in any way and in no case. “
“He was always there, as a pillar in the life of the queen. Without a doubt, in his own family he did exactly the same.”
“His energy was amazing in supporting my mother and having done it for so long,” said Prince Charles. “I think that represents an amazing achievement.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.