Prince Philip’s death left ‘a huge void’ in the Queen’s life, Prince Andrew says

LONDON – The death of Prince Philip has left a “huge void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences in memory of the monarch’s husband.

Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, attended church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor along with other members of the royal family, two days after Philip, 99, died at Windsor Castle.

Andrew said his mother “described it as having left a huge void in her life.” 

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

His younger brother, Prince Edward, called Philip’s death a “dreadful shock” but said the 94-year-old queen was “bearing up.” Edward’s wife, Sophie, said the monarch was “thinking of others before herself.”

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Two days after his father's death, Prince Andrew tells reporters outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor that the loss of Prince Philip has left "a huge void" in Queen Elizabeth II's life. (Photo: STEVE PARSONS, POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Both palace and government officials have urged people not to come in person to pay their respects because of coronavirus restrictions on social mixing. But hundreds of people on Sunday brought notes, cards and flowers to the gates of Windsor Castle, while others laid tributes outside Buckingham Palace.

Philip’s funeral is set to take place April 17 at Windsor Castle. Only 30 people will be able to attend under current COVID-19 restrictions in England, but the slimmed-down service is scheduled to be broadcast live on television. 

Philip’s grandson Prince Harry, who stepped away from royal duties last year and now lives in California, will attend the service along with other members of the royal family, palace officials have said.. His wife, Duchess Meghan, is pregnant with their second child and has been advised by her doctor not to make the journey.

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Prince Edward (left), Countess Sophie (right) and their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor (center), attend Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints on April 11, 2021, two days after the death of Edward's father, Prince Philip. (Photo: STEVE PARSONS, POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Royal family members said they appreciated the outpouring of tributes and good wishes from people across Britain and around the world to Philip, who was the queen’s consort and support through more than seven decades of marriage.

Prince Edward, 57, said the “extraordinary” tributes meant a lot to the royal family.

“It just goes to show, he might have been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, but he meant so much to so many other people,” he said.

Andrew, 61, who has largely kept out of the public eye since 2019 amid controversy over his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, also praised the “absolutely amazing tributes.”

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