Tearful Edward and Sophie speak as they leave Windsor Castle – ‘Queen’s been amazing’

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PRINCE Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have left Windsor Castle after a tearful visit with the Queen who is grieving over the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Countess of Wessex spoke to reporters from a Land Rover driven by her husband as they left Windsor Castle.

The Earl of Wessex and his wife spent around an hour at the castle this morning.

Mr Ship also tweeted: “Just posted by the Royal Family with the Queen’s words from 1997, he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, reflected on his childhood with his father during an interview that aired after the Duke of Edinburgh died. ***

It aired in a special broadcast commemorating his father and also included an interview with Princess Anne.

Prince Edward said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is probably among the best-known of the foundations in his name, and initially started by his former headmaster Kurt Hahn, who when it was rolled out beyond Gordonstoun came to my father and said ‘would you get involved in this.

“My father got Lord Hunt involved in helping to shape how it would roll out and that was of course one of his geniuses, being able to find the right people to take things on and shape them.

“The fact it has now spread to more than 140 countries, way beyond the Commonwealth, way beyond the English speaking world, is an enormous testament to that original vision.”

Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex have left Windsor Castle after a meeting with the Queen

Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex have left Windsor Castle after a meeting with the Queen (Image: ITV News)

Prince Edward added: “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.”

Also in the ITV interview, the Earl of Wessex’s sister, Princess Anne added: “My father believed there were things outside of school which were necessary to help you develop as an individual, which played to your strengths and if that weren’t academic there were other things that would be your strength.”

Princess Anne said: “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.”

The Royal Family tree

The Royal Family tree (Image: Express)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s title will pass to his youngest son, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.

However, this will not happen until Prince Charles accedes to the throne.

It has been reported that the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will be officially signed off by the Queen today.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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