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The Prince of Wales remembered his late father, Prince Philip, with an emotional gesture as he marked the end of Ramadan. The Duke died on April 9 at Windsor Castle, and was laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel on April 17.

In a video address made during a virtual Iftar — the communal breaking of the fast, Prince Charles spoke out about the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “This year so many families, like my own, will have an empty seat at their dinner table.”

He added: “The last year I know has been deeply challenging for us all, and I am only too aware of the impact of the pandemic on the Muslim community.

“This year so many families, like my own, will have an empty seat at their dinner table and friends will no longer be able to share the celebratory hug after Eid prayers.

“I can only say how deeply saddened I am by this tragic situation and how my heart goes out to all those who have lost their loved ones.”

The Iftar appearance was organised by the Naz Legacy Foundation, which also included collaborations with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the Chief Rabbi and the Bishop of London.

Prince Charles visited Prince Philip on his last and longest hospitalisation at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London in February.

Prince Philip had purportedly told his son he wished to “die in his own bed,” according to royal expert Marlene Koenig.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “My gut feeling is that the Royal Family knew this was coming because we’ve not seen any pictures of the Queen and Philip. You would have thought they would have released something.

“I think he was brought home to die and it’s sad he couldn’t reach his 100th birthday.”

An unnamed source told royal commentator Robert Jobson of the Daily Mail, the Duke’s final conversation with his son.

Mr Jobson wrote: “In an emotional bedside conversation, the Duke advised Prince Charles on caring for the Queen when he was gone, and on how Charles should lead the Royal Family through the years ahead.”

A royal source told Mr Jobson that Philip was “fully aware he was unlikely to recover after weeks in hospital.”

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