The Royal Family's 'Grief Is Still Really Raw' Following Prince Philip's Death, 'He Was Such A Towering Figure,' Expert Says

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Jun. 17 2021, Published 11:51 a.m. ET

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Even though it's been two months since Prince Philip passed away at 99 years old, the royal family will be thinking about him for years to come.

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Royal expert Camilla Tominey recently spoke with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex about how their family has been holding up since the tragic loss.

"Funnily enough, I interviewed the couple a few weeks ago and I experienced the same reaction, their grief is still really raw," she noted. "They spoke to me about the idea that they kept expecting the Duke to turn up in his Land Rover. I think it's obviously going to take a lot of time for the whole family to come to terms with his death. Not least because he was such a towering figure in the family."

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Sophie recently spoke about how she is upset the late Duke is no longer here.

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"Well, he has left a giant-sized hole in our lives," she told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I think the pandemic has unfortunately slightly skewed things in as much as it's hard to spend as much time with the Queen as we would like to. We’ve been trying to, but of course it's still not that easy."

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“And of course the normal way of things isn’t normal yet so we’re not necessarily doing the things that we would normally have done with him," she continued. “So I think the whole grieving process is probably likely for us to take a lot longer.  It may be the same for many other families out there. Because if you’re not living with somebody, 24/7, the immediate loss isn’t necessarily felt in the same way, as if somebody was in the house with you all the time.”

Later on, Sophie teared up when speaking about her late father-in-law.

"It's only when you would do the normal things that you would have done with them, and you suddenly realize that they are not there, that you really start to have an 'oh my goodness' moment," she said. "Just talking to you now, it's a bit of an 'oh my goodness' moment. I think they’ll come and go. But you have to let them come and go. And then something happened, or you'd hear a piece of music, or you'd do something, and suddenly you would, you know, get taken off at the knees. So there'll be lots of moments like that. But it's good to remember."

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