Prince Philip praised as Duke 'always put honour and duty' before 'restless spirit'

Influential royal commentator Amanda Platell spoke about the Duke of Edinburgh after he passed away aged 99 at Windsor Castle yesterday. His death comes shortly after he left hospital where he spent several weeks being treated earlier this year.

Writing in her Daily Mail column, Ms Platell compares the duke’s selfless actions supporting his wife 73 years unquestionably with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

She touched on their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview last month during which they accused the Royal Family of racism.

Following the interview, in a statement from Buckingham Palace, the monarch said she found their assertions “concerning” but insisted that “recollections may vary”.

Nevertheless, the uproar caused by Meghan and Harry stepping back as senior royals has cast a “long shadow” on the final year of Prince Philip’s life, the expert claimed.

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Prince Harry is expected to travel to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral – but as Meghan is pregnant she is expected to stay in LA.

Buckingham Palace announced his death just after midday on Friday, issuing a statement that spoke about the Royal Family joining with people across the world to grieve.

The palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

It added: “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

No further details were released about the circumstances of the duke’s death.

In a tribute recorded for ITV News before Philip’s death, the Princess Royal said about her father’s legacy: “Without him life will be completely different.

“But from society’s perspective he was able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact… but above all that it’s not about the technology it’s about the people.”

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