Prince Philip’s Daughter-In-Law, Sophie, Countess Of Wessex, Discusses His Final Moments

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, reported on the weekend about the "peaceful" last moments of her father-in-law Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday at the age of 99.
Sophie, who is married to Queen Elizabeth and Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward, said the prince's death was "right for him" and "so gentle".
"It was as if someone had taken his hand and he left," said the Countess in a video that ITV recorded on Sunday. "It was very, very peaceful and that's all you want for someone, isn't it?"
“I think it's so much easier for the person who leaves than it is for the people who are left behind. We all sit here and look at each other and say, "This is terrible," added the Countess, according to the ITV report. “But also take a look at all the honors. It's just breathtaking. "
Edward also spoke of his father's death, describing it as "a bit of a shock".
The Duke of Edinburgh (right) and the Countess of Wessex await the start of the Epsom Derby on June 4th 2011 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd via Getty Images)
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"As much as you try to prepare for something like this, it's still a terrible shock," said Edward, adding that it is "very, very sad".
Of the honors the Duke received from around the world, the Earl of Wessex said that while Philip “could have been our father, grandfather, father-in-law”, “it means so much to so many other people”.
Princess Anne and Princes Charles and Andrew also spoke in separate appearances and tributes about their father's death.
It was the first time the public had heard of Andrew since he stepped down from his public duties following a disastrous BBC interview with Newsnight in November 2019 because of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Philip smiles during a visit to the headquarters of the 603 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force on July 4, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo: WPA Pool via Getty Images)
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"I'm very sorry and I support my mother who feels it, I think, probably more than anyone else," said the Duke of York over the weekend. “As you would expect, the Queen is an incredibly stoic person. She described his death as a miracle. "
“She described it as leaving a great void in her life. But we, the family who are close to her, gather together to make sure we are there to support her, ”added Andrew. "And I know that there is tremendous support not just for them, but for everyone as we go through this tremendous change."
Prince William and Prince Harry published their own statements later on Monday. The Duke of Cambridge called his grandfather "an extraordinary man" in his touching tribute, while the Duke of Sussex called the Duke of Edinburgh a "master of the grilling, the legend of jokes and naughty to the end".
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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