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Prince Philip news: Duke ‘had twinkle in his eye to the end,’ claims former Palace aide

The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on April 9

In Prince Philip news, a Palace insider claimed he had a “twinkle in his eye” up until his death.

The Duke of Edinburgh died last Friday at Windsor Castle with the Queen reportedly at his bedside.

Now, according to reports, Philip was full of charm even before his death.

Prince Philip's funeral is this Saturday
Philip reportedly had a “twinkle in his eye” before he died (Credit:

Prince Philip had ‘twinkle in his eye’ before death

Former palace spokesperson Ailsa Anderson told PEOPLE: “Oh gosh, he was charming! He still had a twinkle in his eye right to the end.

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“When he spoke to you, you thought you were the only person who mattered in the world.

“It was like a lighthouse beacon shining onto you, and you feel like the only person he wanted to talk to.”

The Queen was reportedly at Philip’s bedside when he passed away (Credit:

Meanwhile, a former senior aide shared: “He would always ask people what they were reading. He never talked about his life. You had to prompt the stories out of him.”

Philip died “peacefully” on April 9 at Windsor Castle.

Reports claim Her Majesty was at her husband’s bedside when he passed away.

Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday (Credit:

A statement from Buckingham Palace read at the time: “It is with deep sorrow that HM the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral takes place on Saturday (April 17) at St George’s Chapel.

Due to Covid regulations, only 30 guests can attend and the Queen will have to sit alone during the ceremony.

The Queen and Prince Philip
Philip died last Friday at Windsor Castle (Credit:

The Queen – accompanied by a lady in waiting – will follow her husband’s funeral procession in her official Bentley.

Meanwhile, Philip and the Queen’s four children – Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne – will walk in the procession.

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They will be joined by Peter Phillips, Prince William and Prince Harry.

In addition, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Earl of Snowdon plus Philip’s personal protection officer, private secretary, two pages and two valets will join.

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