Prince Philip’s ‘willpower’ to walk at Meghan & Harry’s wedding after operation
Prince Philip’s strong character and determination to do the best for his Queen and the country got the Royal Family through a lifetime of scrutiny.
Her Majesty described her husband as a man who had been her "strength and stay" throughout her reign, adding that she owes him a "greater debt than he would ever claim, or shall know."
The Duke of Edinburgh suffered in his later life from a series of ailments, until the 99-year-old passed away at his Windsor Castle home on April 9, 2021.
Philip’s "immense willpower" to go on is something that inspired Royal expert Ingrid Seward when writing her book, Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century.
Back in October 2020, Ms Seward told Daily Star that Prince Philip’s "multi-faceted character" was something to be admired.
While researching the book she said she was "most impressed with his will power," that "kept him going" right until the end.
Ms Seward said the fact Philip, then aged 96, walked into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding unaided shows an "extraordinary dedication" to the Royal Family and his duty.
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She told this publication: "He’s a multi-faceted character and I was most impressed with his will power, that’s what in my mind kept him going, this immense willpower.
"The fact that he walked into Harry and Meghan’s wedding six weeks after he had a hip operation, it’s willpower that keeps him going and his extraordinary dedication to duty.
"That’s such a strong dedication to duty."
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Ms Seward went on to say the Queen and Prince Philip had become "hugely popular" over the last decade as people look at them as "this amazing character," not just a member of the Royal Family.
Specifically, Philip was seen as someone who said "things people think but don’t want to say," and his public appearance "evolved into that."
Prince Philip’s cheeky persona was honoured in tributes from Prince Harry, Prince William and his son, Prince Charles, with the Duke of Sussex labelling him as a "legend of banter."
The Duke of Edinburgh also had a mantra, Ms Seward claims, similar to that of the Queen Mother; you can’t look back, you have to look forward.
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