Prince Philip’s ‘can’t look back mantra’ Royal Family must now follow
Her Majesty the Queen and wider Royal Family are in mourning for the loss of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who died aged 99.
He will be remembered as a man of action who stood by Elizabeth II for over 73 years, supporting her and being her "strength and stay" throughout their time together.
Condolences and tributes have flooded in, with members of the public pictured crying over the death of the longest-serving consort in British history who was just two months away from his 100th birthday.
Prince Philip has been described as an "extraordinary man," "a man of honour," and a "cheeky" individual with a wicked sense of humour.
The Duke of Edinburgh would have been "deeply touched" by the outpouring of affection, his son, Prince Charles, said, but equally, he would have wanted the world "to look forward," Royal expert Ingrid Seward told Daily Star.
Speaking to the Star back in October 2020 upon the release of her book, Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century, Ms Seward, who is editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said like the Queen Mother, Prince Philip had adopted a mantra in his later years.
Prince Philip was a man who maintained an interest in other people, and wasn’t adverse to change, she said.
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The Duke helped modernise the monarchy, Ms Seward added, and always had a mantra of looking forward and never back, just like the Queen Mother, who lost her husband King George VI aged 56.
"Prince Philip certainly maintained an interest in other people after he retired, stayed in the loop so to speak of what’s going on, and he’s never been adverse to change.
"Much like the Queen Mother who would say you can’t look back, you must look forward, that is very much Prince Philip’s mantra too."
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The mantra is one his family have recognised following his death, claiming in tributes to the later Duke of Edinburgh that he would want them to "get on with it."
Prince William paid a nod to this strong mentality, saying he will miss his grandpa but knows "he would want us to get on with the job."
Harry, who has flown back from the United States to attend Prince Philip’s funeral, gave a lengthy tribute to the Duke, with whom he was close, calling him a "legend of banter, and master of the barbecue".
Echoing William's words, he added that Philip "would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"
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