Prince Philip's children pay heartfelt tributes to their father
Prince Charles paid heartfelt tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday night, saying his father would have wanted to be remembered as an individual "in his own right".
Prince Philip has been widely praised for the steadfast support and guidance he gave the Queen throughout their married life, but the Prince of Wales said he would also have wanted some of what he achieved in his own right to be recognised.
Speaking on a BBC documentary celebrating his father's life, he said: "I think he'll probably want to be remembered as an individual in his own right.
"He didn’t suffer fools gladly, so if you said anything that was in any way ambiguous, he'd go: 'Make up your mind,' so perhaps it made you choose your words carefully. He was very good at showing you how to do things and instructing you how to do things."
In a series of moving interviews, the Duke's children paid tribute to his devotion to duty and his inspiring character.
Prince Edward said of his father's role as Prince consort to the Queen: "It was always a challenging role to take, but he did it with the most extraordinary flair and also diplomacy. He never tried to overshadow the Queen. He's always been that rock in the Queen's life."
Princess Anne said: "They needed to be a double act for a lot of that time to allow her to take on that role."
His children spoke of a father who was enthusiastic, encouraging, loving, but also challenging.
"My father was always a great source of support, encouragement and guidance. Never trying to control the activities we wanted to do, but always encouraging us," said Prince Edward.
Prince Andrew added: "In the evening, just the same as every other family, we would sit on the sofa and he would read to us."
Princess Anne said: "He was a person you could bounce ideas off, and if you were having problems you knew you could go to him. There was a lot of leeway allowed in pushing your own boundaries."
She told ITV News: "Without him, life will be completely different. 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.”
And she said of his position as Prince consort: "It must have evolved quite dramatically from the early stages. I don't think the structure in terms of support to the monarchy was designed to deal with a consort.
"Nobody had thought about what he was going to do. And it took a while to find people who understood he had extraordinary experience and skills that they could make use of. But he also found ways he could make an impact."
The Princess Royal added that her father's decision to give up his career in the Royal Navy in 1951 was a mark of his loyalty to his new bride and her then future role as monarch, saying: "It shows a real understanding of the pressure the Queen was going through and that the best way he could support her was on giving up on his career."
She said her father's long-lasting legacy would be embodied in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which he founded in 1956 to give young people a structured outlet.
"He 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," she addedd.
The Princess described the Duke's childhood in moving terms, saying: "He had a nomadic lifestyle, which must have been really quite difficult because he was that much younger than his sisters… The father figure was very intermittent then went and his mother struggled at that stage, so he had friends elsewhere who took him in during the holidays.
"He was virtually a refugee at this stage, because he had nowhere else to go, literally. And that probably is why Gordonstoun [his school] had such an impact."
Speaking as part of the same series of interviews, Prince Edward said: "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."
Prince Edward also addressed his father's sometimes problematic public image, describing it as "unfair" and undeserved.
"The public image that certain parts of the media would portray was always an unfair depiction. He used to give them as good as he got and always in a very entertaining way. He was always able to manage interviews and say things that the rest of us always dreamed we could say. He was brilliant. Always absolutely brilliant," he said.
"He had a wonderful sense of humour, but of course you can always misinterpret something or turn it against them, so it sounds like it's not right. But anyone who had the privilege to hear him speak said it was his humour which always came through, and the twinkle in his eye.
"For what he has done in his public life, for all the organisations he has supported and influenced and obviously as my father and husband to my mother and all the work that he has done there and as a family, we will remember that more than anything else."
Lady Pamela Hicks, 91, a first cousin of the Duke, described him as "a unique man in every way" and said "there was nobody quite like him", her daughter India Hicks revealed.
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