Winston Churchill’s grandson recalls time with Prince Philip ‘Great privilege of my life’

Prince Philip was ‘a wonderful man’ says Nicholas Soames

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Speaking to Sky News, Winston Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames gave the late Duke of Edinburgh a glowing tribute ahead of the Prince’s funeral later today. He said Prince Philip was a “special” man and “humane human”. The former Tory MP added how the Duke was authentic throughout his life and extremely kind to those he met. Sir Nicholas concluded by saying today’s funeral service at Windsor Castle will reflect the character of the Duke well.

Sir Nicholas said: “I first met him when I was a boy, I was 12-years-old, I have to say it’s one of the great privileges of my life to have the chance to know him a bit.

“What I knew then I knew later on in my life.

“He was a completely authentic person, Prince Philip – what you saw is what you got.”

Winston Churchill’s grandson added: “He was always extremely kind to me and I will always be extremely grateful for that.”

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He continued by adding how the late Duke was “a very humane man” and a devoted family man “front and centre.”

Sir Nicholas said: “He was a greatly loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather.

“I only ever saw him rarely on family occasions and he always struck me as being completely at ease particularly with his children and grandchildren.”

The former MP concluded by saying: “I think in this service today we will be able to feel and see all those characteristics which made him such a special man.”

Prince Philip: Archbishop says funeral will ‘speak deeply’ to public

Ahead of the historic event, Her Majesty has shared a glimpse into her life with Philip that was rarely seen by the public.

One of her favourite photos from their marriage captured the royal couple relaxing together away from public duties in the Scottish Highlands at the Coyles of Muick, a beauty spot near the town of Ballater in Aberdeenshire – nearby the Queen’s Balmoral estate.

Philip and the Queen are seen sitting and looking blissful on the grass The Duke is pictured lying on his back on a rug, while also propping himself up on his left elbow.

The picture, which was taken by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex in 2003, also shows the Queen dressed in a tartan skirt, blouse and cardigan and her signature string of pearls, sitting next to the Duke on the rug.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place today (Saturday 17th April) at Windsor Castle after he died at the age of 99 on April 9.

The 30 confirmed guests will include all Philip’s children and grandchildren plus their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and three of Philip’s German relatives: Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden; Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

The entire funeral will be televised tomorrow but there will be no public element as it will take place on the grounds of the castle due to the Covid pandemic.

Coverage of the funeral begins on BBC One at 12:30pm and ITV at 1:15pm.

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