Princess Anne pays tribute to Prince Philip saying ‘life will be different’

Princess Anne has paid tribute to her father Prince Philip saying “life will be different without him”.

The Duke of Edinburgh, married to the Queen for 73 years, passed away “peacefully” at Windsor Castle this morning, the Palace announced.

The Duke’s daughter spoke of how the 99-year-old’s role as Prince consort “must have evolved quite dramatically” during his tenure.

“I don’t think the structure in terms of support to the monarchy was designed to deal with a consort,” she said in a clip from Prince Philip: A Royal Life with ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship, to be broadcast at 9pm.

“And it took a while to find people who understood he had extraordinary experience and skills that they could make use of. But he also found ways he could make an impact,” she continued.

“In all sorts of ways [life would be different without him], in terms of within our family it’s fundamental as without him it would be completely different.

Princess Anne speaking to ITV about her father

“But I think also from society’s perspective – he’s been able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact… but at the bottom of all that, it’s not about the technology it’s about the people.”

Also featured was Anne’s brother and Philip’s youngest son Prince Edward.

He said: “My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas.

“To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public. To be able to share that is immensely important.

The Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle with their children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and little Edward in 1965
The Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle with their children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and little Edward in 1965

“The public image that certain parts of the media would portray was always an unfair depiction. He used to give them as good as he got and always in a very entertaining way.

“He was always able to manage interviews and say things that the rest of always dreamed we could say. He was brilliant. Always absolutely brilliant.

“He had a wonderful sense of humour but of course you can always misinterpret something or turn it against them, so it sounds like its not right.

“But anyone who had the privilege to hear him speak said it was his humour which always came through and the twinkle in his eye.”

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