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Prince Andrew paid heartfelt tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. “Dear Mum, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one,” his statement began, according to The Telegraph.
The Queen’s second eldest son went on to pay tribute to his mother’s “devotion and personal service to our nation” before sharing his own feelings about her death aged 96.
“Mom, I will forever cherish your love for my son, your compassion, your care, your confidence.” I have found your knowledge and wisdom to be infinite, without boundaries or limitations. I will miss your insights, advice and humor,” he wrote.
“As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude and gladly step into the next with you as my guide.”
The Duke of York, 62, ended his statement by writing: “God save the King.
Accompanying the loving tribute was a black-and-white photograph by photographer Cecil Beaton of his mother looking pensive as she held her newborn son in March 1960.
Andrew has long been considered the Queen’s favorite child. The two have had a close relationship, especially in the last few years, which have been particularly difficult for the prince.
The Duke resigned from royal life following a controversial BBC interview he gave in 2019 in which he defended his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. He also denied ever meeting Virginia Giuffre, who claimed she was sold to the prince for sex at least three times by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Earlier this year, he settled a civil lawsuit with Giuffre for millions of dollars.
Throughout the nasty headlines and legal headaches, the Queen remained loyal to her son.
In November 2019, days after he was forced to step down from royal life, she was photographed with him in Windsor. The public appearance was perceived as a personal display of support.
“As Prince Andrew found himself in ever-deeper water, she was one of the few to offer both public and private support,” The Telegraph reported.
“She paid for his legal fees and was his shoulder to lean on over many a cup of tea in the drawing room at Windsor Castle.
And in March, despite rumors of opposition from King Charles III. and Prince William, it was Andrew who accompanied his mother to her home in Westminster Abbey for a memorial service in honor of her husband Prince Philip.
Since the Queen’s death, the Prince has been seen publicly mourning his mother.
On Friday, Prince Andrew was spotted inspecting floral tributes left outside Windsor Castle with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.