Princess Anne has paid tribute to her father – admitting she knew it was going to happen but saying “you are never really ready”.
The Princess Royal has been grieving in private for her father Prince Philip since his death on Friday at the age of 99.
But she released a public statement today shedding light on her private thoughts about the Duke of Edinburgh.
She said he had been her “teacher” and “supporter” – but also her “critic”.
Princess Anne also said she greatly admired his “ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills”.
The full statement released today from the Princess read: “You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready.
“My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate. His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organisations with which he was involved.
“I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to have kept him in touch with their activities. I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, across the Commonwealth and in the wider world.
“I would like to emphasise how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched.
“We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all.”
Preparations are under way for Prince Philip’s funeral as the country is officially in mourning.
The ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It will start at 3pm on Saturday, 17 April and it will be shown on TV as crowds are not allowed to gather to say goodbye due to coronavirus restrictions.
Only 30 mourners will be attending, with Meghan Markle not allowed to fly because she is pregnant and PM Boris Johnson saying he will not attend so more family members or close friends can say goodbye.
Prince Harry, Prince Philip’s grandson, will be attending alongside brother Prince William.