Prince Andrew has spoken in public for the first time since his Newsnight interview in 2019, paying tribute to Prince Philip’s father.
Prince Andrew has emerged, speaking in public and paying tribute to his father, Prince Philip.
Prince Andrew emerged on Sunday alongside brother Prince Edward, attending a service for members of the royal family in the chapel at Royal Lodge Windsor. Both sons spoke, with Prince Andrew describing his father’s death on Friday as a “terrible loss” and an “enormous change”.
It is the first time Andrew has spoken publicly since his controversial BBC Newsnight interview in 2019. He stepped down from official duties surrounding his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The 62-year-old, described in some reports as looking “exhausted”, said the Queen was “incredibly stoic, as you would expect”. He told the Queen described his passing as “a miracle,” She has spent her time since Philip’s death “contemplating”.
“She described it as having left this huge void in her life,” he said.
He revealed the family had been rallying around their 94-year-old mother “to make sure we’re there.”
“He was a remarkable man,” Prince Andrew said.
“I loved him as a father; he was so, calm. If you had a problem, he would think about it. He was always someone you could go to, and he would always listen. It’s a great loss.” He remembered a conversation with his father on the phone a few months ago where Prince Philip said, “We’re all in the same boat, and we must never forget that”. He said his father’s death had made him feel closer to others across the world who had lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. “So we are in the same boat. Slightly different circumstances because he didn’t die of COVID, but we’re all feeling a great sense of loss,” he said.
“We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation. And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who’s feeling it probably more than everybody else.” Meanwhile, Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, said his father’s death was “a dreadful shock” and the family was “still trying to come to terms with that”. “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.”