Prince Philip: World media reacts to death of Queen's 'steadfast companion'

Chris Parsons
·News Editor
·3-min read

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The death of Prince Philip age 99 prompted an outpouring of tributes not just in Britain, but also overseas.

As Buckingham Palace announced the sad news about Queen Elizabeth's dutiful husband and longest-serving consort, global news outlets were just as quick to lead with the breaking story as UK publishers.

The Royal family - referred to by CNN as 'the most famous family on Earth' - have lost one of the Queen's 'closest confidants and advisors', following his passing three weeks after a 28-day hospital stay.

The Australian referred to Prince Philip as the Queen's 'strength and stay' and reported on the 'low key arrangements' he had made for his funeral. (The Australian)
The Australian referred to Prince Philip as the Queen's 'strength and stay' and reported on the 'low key arrangements' he had made for his funeral. (The Australian)
US network CNN described the Royal family as 'the most famous family on Earth' and said the Duke was the Queen's 'steadfast companion'. (CNN)
US network CNN described the Royal family as 'the most famous family on Earth' and said the Duke was the Queen's 'steadfast companion'. (CNN)

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US networks and publishers, whose audience are well-known for having a fascination with the UK Royals, paid tribute to Prince Philip as the Queen's 'steadfast companion' who 'helped keep the Royal family together'.

The Australian reported on the story by referring to how the UK is 'still in a state of COVID lockdown', before publishing details on the Duke's funeral, which they said would have 'low key arragements'.

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Many publishers were quick to highlight the length of Prince Philip's service in the Royal family, with CNN saying the royals had 'lost their patriarch' who had been the Queen's 'steadfast companion for seven decades'.

French news outlet Le Monde, meanwhile, highlighted the Duke's often outspoken views by referring to his 'very complex personality'.

The New York Times said the duke “brought the monarchy into the 20th century, but his occasional frank comments hurt his image”.

The newspaper added: “As ‘the first gentleman in the land’, Philip tried to shepherd into the 20th century a monarchy encrusted with the trappings of the 19th.

Australia's Sydney Morning Herald hailed the Duke as a man who 'went where the storm carried him'.
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald hailed the Duke as a man who 'went where the storm carried him'.

“But as pageantry was upstaged by scandal, as regal weddings were followed by sensational divorces, his mission, as he saw it, changed.

“Now it was to help preserve the crown itself.”

The Times of India also reported Philip’s death as one of its lead stories.

The newspaper said the duke “earned a reputation for a tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity for occasional gaffes”.

The LA Times also carried the Duke's passing as the main story on their website on Friday lunchtime, as the news broke in America. (LA Times)
The LA Times also carried the Duke's passing as the main story on their website on Friday lunchtime, as the news broke in America. (LA Times)

The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said in an obituary of Philip that Australians appreciated the duke’s “irreverent directness”.

The newspaper also reports Australia’s governor-general David Hurley describing Philip’s death as a “sad and historic day”.

German news site Bild said 'The world mourns Prince Philip' as the Duke's death led their site on Friday. (Bild)
German news site Bild said 'The world mourns Prince Philip' as the Duke's death led their site on Friday. (Bild)
The New York post said Prince Philip was known for his 'easygoing humor, dapper wardrobe and sometimes startling frankness' (New York Post)
The New York post said Prince Philip was known for his 'easygoing humor, dapper wardrobe and sometimes startling frankness' (New York Post)
French newspaper Le Monde also paid tribute to the Duke as they had his death as their main story on Friday lunchtime. (Le Monde)
French newspaper Le Monde also paid tribute to the Duke as they had his death as their main story on Friday lunchtime. (Le Monde)