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Queen must be given ‘time and space to grieve’, says John Major

The Queen must be given the “time and space” to grieve the loss of her husband Prince Philip, former prime minister Sir John Major has said.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Sir John said the Duke of Edinburgh’s death would leave “an enormous hole” in the Queen’s life.

“She has earned the right to have a period of privacy in which to grieve with her family,” he said.

Canterbury Cathedral is holding a remembrance service for Philip as Britain continues to observe a period of national mourning.

The service, which began at 10.30am and is being livestreamed on our website, is being led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is also set to lead Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

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Canterbury Cathedral service begins

Canterbury Cathedral is holding a remembrance service for Prince Philip as the UK continues to observe a period of national mourning.

The service is being livestreamed now on our website and is being led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is also set to lead Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 10:32

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Duke of Edinburgh Award helped young people believe in potential, John Major says

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major praised the Prince Philip for his “compassion” in starting the Duke of Edinburgh award.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said the award “really was a remarkable thing” that Philip began.

“And of course it was aimed, not exclusive, it was aimed at all young people,” Sir John said.

However, he said the award was particularly aimed at “young people who weren’t sure they could meet their potential”.

“He wanted to show them that they could meet their potential,” Sir John said of Prince Philip.

“His compassion for that was absolutely genuine,” he said.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 10:27

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Prince Philip sought to ‘put people at ease’, John Major says

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has said he believes many of Prince Philip’s “gaffes” were attempts to “put people at ease”.

“Often those remarks that he made that were regarded as gruff and sometimes caused offence, I think they were remarks to put people at ease more than anything else. It wasn’t an attempt to be offensive,” he said. “He was trying to put people who were nervous at meeting him [at ease],” he said, speaking on The Andrew Marr Show.

“If you’re meeting the Queen or Prince Philip for the first time, if you’re a normal person, you’re nervous and his determination was to put people at ease and by saying something from left-field…that does create a different perception in the mind and eyes of the people who meet him,” Sir John said.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 10:18

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Queen must be given ‘time and space to grieve’, says John Major

The Queen must be given time and space to grieve for her husband Prince Philip, former prime minister Sir John Major has said.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, the former PM urged privacy for the royal family.

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Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 10:04

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John Sentamu says he believes Duke likely regretted more controversial ‘phrases’

Former Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu says he believes Prince Philip likely regretted some of his more controversial phrases, including inappropriate and racist statements.

Calling the Duke of Edinburgh generally “quick-witted” on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Dr Sentamu said: “I’m sure sometimes he regretted some of those phrases”.

However, he said it was “a pity” that Philip’s comments were often seen as “gaffes”.

“In the end, it’s a pity that people saw him as somebody who simply makes gaffes,” he said. “Behind those gaffes was an expectation of a comeback but… nobody came back.”

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 10:01

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John Sentamu says debates with Duke left him ‘energised’

Former Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has remembered Prince Philip fondly as someone who could hold a “good conversation”, even if the pair often “disagreed”.

“It was never ‘hello, how are you’,” he said of his relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh, speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. “There were areas we disagreed fundamentally about and also, he loves a very good conversation”.

“I always walked away energised,” he said.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:54

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William and Harry to walk together in funeral procession

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are expected to walk side-by-side in the funeral procession for their grandfather.

Prince Harry was expected to board a flight from Los Angeles as early as Saturday evening to get back in time to quarantine and mourn Prince Philip’s passing with his family.

He and Prince William are expected to walk together behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin during the funeral procession next week, according to reports.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is heavily pregnant, is not expected to return for the funeral on advice of her doctors.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:45

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Island tribe that worshipped Duke expected to hold ceremony in his honour

A remote South Pacific island tribe that worshipped Prince Philip is expected to mark his death with a ceremony.

The Tanna island tribe believed the Duke of Edinburgh to be the reincarnation of an ancient warrior who left the island to fight a war and who was expected to return with a rich white wife.

Read more on how the ceremony is expected to unfold:

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Boris Johnson criticised over appearance announcing Prince Philip’s death

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has drawn criticism over his so-called “shabby” and “disrespectful” appearance while making a statement on the death of Prince Philip.

His “staccato” speech “delivered in a shabby hair-do” was less than British people “are entitled to expect,” one reader, Perry Gardner, wrote in a letter to The Independent.

“Would it be too much to ask Mr Johnson to arrange to have his hairstyle modified to suit the position he holds in Her Majesty’s government?” another reader, Tom Lambe, asked.

Read more on the reaction here:

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:13

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Canterbury Cathedral to hold remembrance service for Duke

Canterbury Cathedral will be holding a remembrance service for the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.

The service is expected to be led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will also be leading Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

The cathedral service will start at 10.30am and will be livestreamed.

Chantal Da Silva11 April 2021 09:03

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