Joanna Lumley details meetings with ‘very sharp’ Prince Philip who hated ‘whingers’

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Actress Joanna Lumley, 74, has now paid tribute to Prince Philip, who she has described as “very funny and very sharp, but very kind”. The late royal died “peacefully” at his Windsor Castle residence on Friday. Speaking for the first time about his death today, the Absolutely Fabulous star said: “He was very kind, you know, I think that’s quite often overlooked.”

He didn’t like whingers and moaners, he liked people who challenged themselves.

Joanna Lumley

She added: “I think he liked vigour, he liked get-up-and-go.

“He didn’t like whingers and moaners, he liked people who challenged themselves.

“And then for the very humble and the very frail and very nervous, I think he was kind.”

She went on to praise Prince’s Duke of Edinburgh awards for “making people see the best in themselves”.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show today, the actress also detailed what it was like sitting next to him at a function.

She explained how another guest at the venue was discussing hunting, fishing and shooting, while she is a vegetarian.

Joanna said the royal had noticed she had a meat-free meal and politely changed the subject to include her in the conversation.

The actress had previously claimed he was actually “quite shy” when it came to meeting others.

Speaking in the 2016 ITV documentary When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years Of The Duke Edinburgh Award, she said: “I think he is just an extraordinary character.

“He rides, sails, drives horses, fishes [and] swims.”

She went on to say he was “incredibly good fun to be with, but he is quite shy”.

News of Philip’s death was announced in a statement by Buckingham Palace.

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It reads: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Prince’s ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle on April 17.

It is believed he had requested to have “minimal fuss”.

His funeral will be attended by his loved ones including grandsons Prince Charles and Harry, however the latter’s pregnant wife Meghan Markle will not be attending due to medical advice.

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