Peter Phillips Reflects On His Grandmother Queen Elizabeth Sitting Alone At Prince Philip's Funeral, Says It Was 'The Hardest Part'

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Aug. 1 2021, Published 5:20 p.m. ET

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It's been four months since Prince Philip passed away, but Peter Phillips can still recall that sad day.

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"Our thoughts immediately went to my grandmother. We've been trying to support her as much as we can," Peter told the BBC about his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. "Everybody saw the image of Her Majesty sitting alone. It would have been the same for any other family, the hardest part is not being able to hug those closest to the person who's been lost."

"It's the same for a lot of families," he continued. "There have been some great sadnesses but at the same time you've got to try to take the positives out of these situations, whether that be new life, or happy memories, that's what you've got to focus on."

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Though Philip — who died at 99 years old — is no longer here, Phillips couldn't help but gush over his grandfather.

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"He was such a fixture of all of our lives. He is sorely missed. He lived a remarkable life and if any of us can even live half the life that he did, we would all be extraordinarily happy," he shared.

Ultimately, Phillips is grateful that his daughters — Savannah and Isla — were able to spend time with the Queen and Philip.

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"They're exceptionally lucky to have had two great-grandparents who have lived as long as they have," he said. "My children certainly appreciate that and know that it's something special."

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In June, Prince Edward gave an update on his mother following Philip's death.

“I think actually doing remarkably well," he said. "Things are beginning to open up more, there are more activities so weirdly that sort of fills any particular void. I think there are going to be other times further on in the year where I think that it will become a bit more poignant and a bit harder. But at the moment, thank you very much indeed for asking, but I think that everybody’s in pretty good shape really.”

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