Prince Philip death: Tearful Countess of Wessex says ‘Queen has been amazing’

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex spent an hour with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning (Picture: PA)

The Queen ‘has been amazing’ in the aftermath of the death of Prince Philip, the Countess of Wessex has said.

Leaving Windsor Castle with her husband the Earl of Wessex, Sophie was in tears as she spoke to reporters.

The couple arrived at the castle earlier in a Land Rover and left around an hour later after visiting the Queen.

Police cleared the road as the couple’s vehicle left the area and the countess waved to well-wishers.

People have been urged to stay away from the castle because of the pandemic but a sizeable crowd has grown at the gates throughout the day.

Some have been leaving flowers and messages in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh who died yesterday.

Prince Andrew was also pictured leaving the castle shortly after his brother Prince Edward.

The Duke of York waved to the public as he drove his green Range Rover down a street packed with crowds.

Countess of Wessex says Queen 'has been amazing' as she greets crowds

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Sophie is said to be close to the monarch (Picture: PA)

The Queen is said to be close to daughter-in-law Sophie and the monarch often asks her to share her car when she is being driven on non-official occasions.

The royal family has been rallying round in the wake of Philip’s death.

Sources say the Queen is seeking solace from family and friends as she adjusts to life without her husband and consort for 73 years.

Prince Charles rushed from his Gloucestershire home Highgrove to Windsor Castle on Friday to comfort his mother in the hours after the duke died peacefully in his sleep.

The prince – the monarch and Philip’s eldest son – has also been offering guidance as the Queen finalises the arrangements for the duke’s funeral and for plans over the coming days.

Well-wishers have gathered by the castle despite being urged to stay away due to the pandemic (Picture: Reuters)
Edward and Sophie were pictured arriving at the castle in a Land Rover earlier (Picture: PA)
People have left flowers and messages in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh (Picture: PA)
The Queen is seeking solace in friends and family after the loss of her husband (Picture: Getty)

Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, and Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have also been supporting their grandmother and are keeping in touch through telephone and video calls.

Prince William is also said to have been in constant contact, and his borther Prince Harry – despite the difficult relations with his family – is expected to travel to the UK for the funeral.

The Queen was also recently gifted two new puppies – a corgi called Muick and a dorgi she named Fergus – to keep her company while Philip was in hospital.

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