Tributes came pouring in, as celebrities and world leaders mourned the death of Prince Philip on Friday. TV host Piers Morgan described the Duke of Edinburgh as a “strong-willed and ferociously loyal man.”
“RIP Prince Philip, 99. A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign,” tweeted Morgan, who quit his gig at “Good Morning Britain” after bashing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell interview on the royal family.
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“A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir.”
Author Tom Holland commemorated Prince Philip’s time in the military.
“RIP Prince Philip: a cricketer who always called Istanbul Constantinople, had a fascination with UFOs, & who was — as the Queen still is — a living link to the heroism of the generations that lived through the Second World War,” the writer tweeted.
CNN’s Jake Tapper sent his regards to the royals and shared an old photo of Philip.
“Sending love and prayers to our friends across the pond in mourning —may his memory be a blessing,” he tweeted along with both the British and American flags.
“Britain’s Got Talent” judge Amanda Holden shared some sweet words for the late royal and showed her support for the Queen.
“So sad to hear this news. 1921 – 2021. Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip – Duke of Edinburgh,” Holden wrote on Instagram. “A true gentleman. Our thoughts are with you, ma’am.”
Several politicians also released statements on his death to show their support for the royal family.
“Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped,” President Joe Biden tweeted.
“He leaves an incredible legacy, having supported so many British charities, institutions, and good causes not the least pioneering his very own Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which millions of young people have participated in and benefited from all over the world since 1956,” former UK Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted in a heartfelt statement.
Statement from David Cameron, on the sad news that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away: pic.twitter.com/bxPfLQHeme
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 9, 2021
“Prince Philip will be remembered as a decorated naval officer, a dedicated philanthropist, and a constant in the life of Queen Elizabeth II,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, adding, “The thoughts of all Canadians are with her and the entire Royal Family as they mourn this significant loss.”
“Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater,” former President Barack Obama tweeted. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people.”
Former President Donald Trump released a statement that said Philip “embodied the noble soul and proud spirit” of the UK.
“Melania and I send our deepest and most profound condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” he added.
The Queen announced the passing of her husband on Friday morning.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter Friday. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mourned the death of Prince Philip following the sad news with a short and sweet message.
“Thank you for your service … You will be greatly missed,” the couple wrote on the website for their nonprofit, Archewell Foundation. Accompanying the message on the site’s homepage was, “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021.”
The prince at least is expected to return to the UK to attend the funeral. It is unclear if Markle, who is pregnant, will accompany him. A date for Prince Philip’s funeral has not been set yet.