Peter Phillips has opened up about the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh, stating that not being able to hug his grandmother, the Queen, was one of the hardest parts of his death.
The 43-year-old, who royal insiders claim is the monarch’s “favourite” grandson, described the late Prince Philip as a “hugely influential fixture in our lives”.
Peter, a dad-of-two who is also the Queen’s oldest grandchild, said many families who had lost someone during the pandemic will understand how difficult it has been to comfort grieving loved ones.
Due to social distancing rules at the time, the Queen was forced to sit apart from her family as they are from another household and she was already in a bubble.
Heartbreaking images and footage of the 95-year-old sitting on her own at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor were beamed around the world.
Peter told BBC: “Our thoughts immediately went to my grandmother. We’ve been trying to support her as much as we can.
“Everybody saw the image of Her Majesty sitting alone. It would have been the same for any other family, the hardest part is not being able to hug those closest to the person who’s been lost.”
Peter, who is the son of Princess Anne, walked alongside his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry in the funeral procession following the death of Prince Philip on April 9 at the age of 99.
He said: “Even though he was 99 years old, he lived a remarkable life and I think if any of us can even live half the life that he did, we would all be extraordinarily happy.
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“He was such a fixture in all of our lives and of course it’s sad, of course we miss him.”
Divorced Peter shares daughters Savannah, 10, and Isla, eight, with his Canadian ex-wife Autumn Kelly
He revealed that the Queen had been able to see his children and they were “exceptionally lucky” to have had two great-grandparents “who have lived as long as they have”.
Peter added that his children “certainly appreciate” how lucky they are to have something “special”.
Peter, who is a managing director at sports and entertainment agency, SEL UK, spoke to the BBC ahead of the Gatcombe Park Food and Drink Festival.
He is organising the event which will take place at Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire which is his mum’s home.
Peter said his own passion for the countryside had come from his late grandfather.