“Thank you for your service,” read a statement on the Archewell Foundation’s site. “You will be greatly missed.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who do not have active social media accounts anymore, joined the rest of the royal family in remembering the Duke of Edinburgh through a website tribute.
The royal family’s main site went dark shortly after news of Philip’s death was announced. It also included a photo and a statement on behalf of members of the royal family and Queen Elizabeth, who was married to Philip for over 70 years.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the announcement said. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
“Further announcements will be made in due course,” the statement continued. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton also changed their Twitter images and Twitter header photos to mark Philip’s passing, as did Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s Clarence House and The Royal Family’s main account:
The royal family issued guidance about the duke’s “modified funeral” due to the coronavirus pandemic and said that the media and public will have more information in the coming days.
“In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current government guidance, not to gather in crowds, and not to visit Royal residences to pay their respects,” Buckingham Palace said on Friday regarding funeral arrangements.
“During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh. An online book of condolence for those who wish to leave messages is available on this website.”
It is likely that Prince Harry will return to the UK for his grandfather’s funeral, People magazine reported.