Earl of Wessex: After Philip’s death, relaxation of limitations helped to “cover the hole.”
According to the Earl of Wessex, Britain’s opening up has helped the royal family “replace any particular hole” left by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Edward stated in an interview with American television network CNN on what would have been his father’s 100th birthday that the country’s escape from lockdown has helped his family keep active since Philip’s death in April.
“Life has gotten substantially busier over the last couple of weeks,” he said, adding that the Queen is “doing really well.”
I believe there will be periods later in the year when it will become more poignant and difficult, but for now… Everyone seems to be in good form, in my opinion.
“Things are starting to open up more, there are more activities, so strangely it sort of fills any particular void,” he continued.
“I imagine there may be other periods later in the year when it will become a little more emotional and a little harder, but for the time being… I believe that everyone is in quite good health.”
In a separate interview with the BBC, Edward stated that while the family would have “loved” for the Duke to be able to attend his centenary celebrations, Philip would have been less than enthusiastic.
“He didn’t really want all the fuss and bother,” Edward told the station. Even if we were, I don’t think he was looking forward to the centennial.
“So I believe we should go ahead and celebrate what could have been and his life, and I believe we should strive to convert it into something extremely positive.”
In the midst of the epidemic, the earl reflected on his father’s funeral, describing it as a “amazing” but “weird” day.
“What should have been an occasion for so many people, and so many individuals he had touched in his life not being there…,” he told the BBC.
“Each person will have their own set of memories. He was one of those larger-than-life characters. Once upon a time (This is a brief piece.)