Queen Rania speaks on Duke’s ‘personal relationships’ and their vital role

Prince Philip: Queen Rania on Duke's 'vital' personal relationships

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Prince Philip passed away on Friday morning at Windsor Castle just months shy of marking his 100th birthday. Tributes have poured in from world leaders and statesmen following the news of the Duke’s death. The wife of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Queen Renia has added her voice to those paying their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh and provided a rare insight into the work done by a royal consort, a role Prince Philip performed dutifully for almost seven decades.

Queen Rania told ‘A Royal Salute’, a special ITV News programme to remember the Duke, how Prince Philip’s “personal relationships” as consort to the Queen had been vital for the functioning of the British monarchy.

She said: “There must have been times when it wasn’t easy for him.

“At the same time, he was a constant anchor for Her Majesty.

“I think she probably wouldn’t have been able to carry on her journey the way she did without him by her side.”

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Queen Rania explained the subtle but important ways in which a royal consort supports their spouse.

She said they must “provide an environment at home which takes [the monarch’s] mind of the heaviness outside the house”.

She said: “That’s instrumental because the wellbeing of your spouse eventually has an impact on how well they carry out their duties.

“Being a partner, there is the private role you play to support your spouse who is under the limelight, who is held accountable for everything.”

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She added: “You define it as you go along, based on where you can make a difference, where you are needed and where your passions lie.

“Because you are in the public eye, you very often aren’t forgiven for the errors.”

It comes as other heads of state and world leaders from the Pope to China’s President Xi Jinping offered the Queen their condolences on the death of her husband.

A telegram sent from Pope Francis to the Queen read: “Recalling Prince Philip’s devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, His Holiness commends him to the merciful love of Christ our Redeemer.

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“Upon you and upon all who grieve his loss in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father invokes the Lord’s blessings of consolation and peace.”

Meanwhile, Beijing’s embassy in the UK, said: “In a letter to the Buckingham Palace, the Chinese Embassy conveyed the condolences and sympathy from President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.” 

Other world leaders including US president Joe Biden, Irish president Michael D Higgins, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and former US president Barack Obama have also paid respects.

Queen Elizabeth II announced in a statement on Friday that the Duke of Edinburgh had died at the age of 99. 

His death comes after the Duke spent a month in hospital after Buckingham Palace confirmed he was “feeling unwell”.

Announcing his death yesterday, a statement from the Palace read: “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. Further announcements will be made in due course.

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

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