Prince Philips’ death was “very gentle” – as if “someone took his hand and he walked away,” his daughter-in-law said Sunday.
Sophie Wessex – who is married to Prince Edward, the 57-year-old youngest son of Philip and Queen Elizabeth II – said the royal family is comforted by how “very peaceful” the 99-year-old’s death was on Friday.
“It was right for him, and you know it was so gentle,” the Countess said as she joined her husband and other family members at a service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
“It was as if someone took him by the hand and he left,”
She said it was “very, very peaceful, and that’s all you want for someone, is not it?”
The queen “thought of others before herself,” said the Countess, even as the monarch told her son Prince Andrew that death “left a great void in her life.”
“I think it’s so much easier for the person walking than the people left behind,” Sophie said.
“We all sit and look at each other and go ‘this is awful’. But likewise, look at all the tributes. It’s just amazing, ”she said of well-being, which continued to bring flowers and cards to royal households.
Despite Philip being two months shy of 100 and having just had a month’s stay in a hospital where he underwent heart surgery, his death Friday still came as “a bit of a shock,” Edward admitted.
“No matter how hard you try to prepare for something like this, it’s still a terrible shock. And we’re still trying to come to terms with it. And it is very, very sad, ”he said.
He said that “the wave of love for him and just the wonderful stories” from benevolent people had helped the family to “stop”.
“It just shows: he could have been our father, grandfather, father-in-law, but he meant so much to so many other people,” he said.
With mail cables