Reporter’s Pocket book: The passing of a prince


There was barely a cloud within the sky over England for the day of Prince Philip’s funeral. Uncommon, however good for the sendoff of one among its favourite royals. Actually, the Royal Navy’s tribute to the one-time sailor and pilot was, partly, “honest winds and following seas,” the maritime message for clean crusing. And for the Duke of Edinburgh, and all watching, his funeral was. 

Partly attributable to COVID-19 restrictions but additionally because of the royal’s personal needs, it was a comparatively easy affair, scaled again and simple. However with all of the elegant and significant element, it additionally summed up the person. Within the week or so since his passing, it has been confirmed what a wide-ranging particular person he was.

He was not simply the typically curmudgeonly father determine as he was portrayed, however a deep thinker, with pursuits throughout a spread of fields from engineering and design to conservation and sport, and a loving man not simply to his household however the many younger individuals he helped by his charities.


And he was right down to earth. We spoke with a number of of his neighbors in Windsor, close to London, simply on the opposite aspect of the partitions of the fort that will be one among his favourite locations. Till a couple of years in the past we had been advised, he would roll out of the stables adjoining to the fort on his horse and carriage, and roll down a block of a public avenue to get to the parkland close by.

A pub proprietor advised us he would all the time say hey, praise him on the flowers exterior the constructing, and complain that his signal wanted portray. And one other fellow recalled the person was pulling his Land Rover out from a parking house, noticed the prince in his carriage, and stopped. The prince as an alternative additionally stopped and made certain the automobile bought out first. As we came upon at Saturday’s funeral, the prince appreciated Land Rovers – his personal casket carried on one for his final journey.

(One other tip of the hat to the prince’s sporting previous: a kind of carriages together with his two favourite horses was parked subsequent to the Citadel, because the prince’s stays had been moved to St. George’s Chapel for the funeral ceremony.)

Individuals in current days advised us tales about Prince Philip saying simply the suitable (or typically unsuitable!) sort of joke, or simply the right comment to place them relaxed in a proper setting. Or in the event that they didn’t know him personally, they advised us how a lot they admired him. 


My first story for Fox Information was the loss of life of Princess Diana. All of us bear in mind the massive emotional outpouring on the time. Definitely this landmark was fairly totally different in some ways. However the deep emotions we heard in regards to the prince, from shut associates in addition to the general public, had been practically the identical in depth of emotion.

One 22-year-old standing exterior Buckingham Palace sporting a half-Mohawk haircut most likely gave to us the very best honor he might supply the prince: “The man had class!”

All by the typically turbulent occasions of this Royal Household (together with all of the turmoil surrounding Princess Diana), Prince Philip was referred to as a fence-mender. Past the grave he might need achieved it once more. All through the procession resulting in the funeral and on the ceremony itself, Prince Harry was saved – both purposefully or by coincidence – at a distance from his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William. Each had been stated to have been angered by the controversial interview Harry and spouse Meghan gave to Oprah earlier this yr. 

Then, after the ceremony was over, which was full of easy prayer, track and reminders of the prince (and with a little bit of assist from the Duchess of Cambridge), Harry and William walked out of the chapel collectively, speaking, shut, virtually smiling. Observers famous Prince Philip would have appreciated that. 

Lastly, we recall the unhappy and wizened aged girl we spoke with one other day exterior Buckingham Palace. She stated she wasn’t fascinated with the prince. She was fascinated with and grieving for the queen. After greater than 73 years of marriage, after a long time of getting him by her aspect and giving him her assist, he was gone.

And whereas she may have a beautiful and loving household round her, the one image seen maybe most after the funeral confirmed her alone, distanced by COVID-19 and by destiny, in a pew of St. George’s Chapel. She might be 95 this week. The prince would have been 100 in June.    

I heard from my household within the States throughout the previous few days. They had been all taken by the ritual and the aura of the prince’s passing. Typically I believe, with the recognition of “The Crown” TV collection and all issues royal, Individuals are extra keen on “The Agency” than Brits are. The locals can typically be begrudging of the cash they value and the truth that the establishment can appear out of step with trendy occasions.    


It might need taken the lack of the Duke of Edinburgh to remind these right here and world wide how very a lot “with it” the prince (and royals) may be, and what a contribution is made to society. Together with some laughs as properly.

Prince Philip’s reported want upon his passing was that the royals “simply stick me behind a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor.” I suppose he bought that want. After which some. 

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