Prince Philip: Scarborough's MP pays tribute and recalls meeting Duke of Edinburgh

The MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, has paid tribute to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, on news of his death.

By George Buksmann
Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:05 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:08 pm

MP Robert Goodwill said: “ It’s very sad news and what a shame he didn’t make the century.

“He had a life lived to the full. First his naval career during World War Two and then his support to the Queen which has been amazing.

“He has always been somebody people treat with a great deal of respect, and he was forthright in expressing his views.”

Prince Philip and The Queen when they opened the Open Air Theatre in 2010.

Mr Goodwill recalled meeting Prince Philip with the Queen when she opened the Open Air Theatre in 2010. The MP had just been appointed to the whips office.

When he told the Duke of his appointment, Prince Philip smiled and said: “Oh, bad luck!”

Mr Goodwill said: “I feel for the Queen. He’s been her confidant and by her side for 71 years . It will leave a very big hole. He was father and grandfather to her children and grandchildren.

“Covid means that there will not be the opportunity for everyone in the country to pay their respects in the normal way.

Scarborough and Whitby MP Robert Goodwill.

“I’m sure that there will be a tremendous wish for the whole country to show support and give thanks for a life well lived.”