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Prince Charles' moving words about Prince Philip's "empty chair"

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Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images

Following the very sad death of his father, Prince Philip, recently, Prince Charles has paid tribute to him on a couple of occasions. Now, the Prince of Wales has again reflected on his loss in a new video message for the Naz Legacy Foundation, shared to celebrate Eid and the end of Ramadan.

Drawing parallels between his own life and those of others who have also lost a loved one during the pandemic, Charles said in his speech, "I just wanted to convey my heartfelt best wishes to all who celebrate this festival... The last year I know has been deeply challenging for us all, and I am only too aware of the impact of the pandemic on the Muslim community."

He continued on to say that there's now a noticeably empty seat at his family's table, where his father, Philip, would have once sat, too. "This year so many families, like my own, will have an empty seat at their dinner table and friends will no longer be able to share the celebratory hug after Eid prayers."

The Prince added that he was saddened by the situation the Muslim community find themselves in during this poignant time of year, saying that his heart goes out to them

"I can only say how deeply saddened I am by this tragic situation and how my heart goes out to all those who have lost their loved ones," Charles remarked.

Charles and his mother, Queen Elizabeth, were pictured together yesterday as Her Majesty carried out his first public duty in-person following the loss of her husband. Joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, they opened a new, scaled-back session of Parliament.

Video footage of Her Royal Highness was also recently shared, showing her speaking on camera for the first time since being widowed, discussing her teenage memories of training to be a lifeguard.

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When asked to share a memory from that time that particularly stands out, the Queen replied, "It was all done in the Bath Club, in the swimming pool and I suppose I didn’t really actually realise what I was doing because I was only twelve or something…"

She then paused and said, "Twelve or fourteen? It’s a very long time ago I’m afraid, it's terrible!" before smiling and adding, "I think it’s changed a lot."

Our thoughts continue to be with the Royal Family following their loss. It's great to see them back at work too, with one another on-hand for support.

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