Prince Andrew has paid tribute to his “mummy”, The Queen, in what could well be his final statement as a royal.
“Dear Mummy, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one,” he wrote.
“Your Majesty, it has been an honor and privilege to serve you. Mother – of the nation, your devotion and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you are looking on honoring their respect.
“Mummy, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your confidence I will treasure forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom infinite, with no boundary or containment.
“I will miss your insights, advice and humour.
“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 I will tread gladly into the next with you as my guide.”
Andrew finished off his statement by saying “God save the King.”
He accompanied it with a picture of the Queen holding him when he was a baby.
The Duke of York is no longer a working royal after his links with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein came under scrutiny.
He reached an out-of-court settlement – rumored to be as much as £12million ($20.5 million) – with Virgina Giuffre, who had accused him of sexual assault.
In the wake of the claims, Andrew lost his military titles and royal patronages, as well as the right to use the title His Royal Highness.
He has largely been out of the royal picture since, but has made a brief, temporary return to the frontline following the Queen’s death.
He joined the procession behind Her Majesty’s coffin in Edinburgh, wearing a mourning suit rather than his Navy uniform.
During that engagement, a heckler shouted at him, calling him a “sick man.”
The Duke did, however, wear his military garb while standing vigil by his mother’s coffin in Westminster Hall on Friday night, alongside King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
He wore the royal initials -ER- on his shoulders, while Prince Harry did not.
The King gave him special permission to wear his naval Vice Admiral uniform, however he is unlikely to make any royal appearances again after the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
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