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Countess Sophie Describes Prince Philip's Final Moments

Countess Sophie Describes Prince Philip's Final Moments
April 11, 2021 - 23:45 / Lucas Anderson

Countess Sophie has given a moving account of Prince Philip's final moments. The Countess of Wessex, wife of Prince Edward, told reporters on Sunday that the Duke of Edinburgh's passing was "so gentle" and "very peaceful," adding that it was "like somebody took him by the hand and off he went." Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 on April 9.

Today, Countess Sophie gave a comforting description of Prince Philip's final moments of life. The comments came after she and Prince Edward had attended church, where they spoke to reporters about the Duke of Edinburgh after the service.

Prince Philip's death: "Very peaceful," Countess Sophie says

"It was right for him," the Countess of Wessex said of her father-in-law's passing. "It was just like somebody took him by the hand and off he went."

She continued, "Very, very peaceful — and that's all you want for somebody isn't it?" Countess Sophie's comments were filmed by reporters as she stood with her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, both dressed in black.

The moving account of Prince Philip's passing echoes that of Queen Elizabeth II's initial announcement on Friday. In a statement, the Queen had written that her 99-year-old husband had "passed away peacefully" at Windsor Castle.

The Queen was by Prince Philip's bedside at his death

Prior to Sunday's church service, Countess Sophie and Prince Edward had visited Windsor Castle to mourn with family. Upon leaving on Saturday, the Countess also told a crowd of well-wishers: "The Queen has been amazing." The monarch is believed to have been at Prince Philip's bedside when he died on April 9. They'd been married for 73 years.

Prince Philip's funeral will be held on Saturday, April 17, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. Prince Harry is also rejoining his family to grieve the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh and will attend the ceremony this weekend after having travelled from California to the UK.