Prince Andrew has shared a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“Dear Mum, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one,” her statement began, according to The Telegraph.
The Queen’s second eldest son went on to honor his mother’s “devotion and personal service to our nation” before sharing his own emotions on her death at the age of 96.
“Mom, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your trust that I will cherish forever. I have found your knowledge and wisdom endless, without limit or confinement. I will miss your insights, advice and humor “, he wrote.
“As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever keep you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and gladly walk into the next with you as my guide. “
The Duke of York, 62, concluded his statement by writing: “God save the king”.
The loving tribute was accompanied by a black and white photograph, taken 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 had a close relationship, especially in recent years, which have been particularly difficult for the Prince.
The Duke stepped down 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 trafficked by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to the prince for sex on at least three occasions.
Earlier this year, he settled a civil lawsuit with Giuffre for millions of dollars.
Throughout the grim headlines and legal headaches, the Queen has remained loyal to her son.
In November 2019, days after being forced to step down from royal life, she was pictured with him in Windsor. The public outing was seen as a personal show of support.
“As Prince Andrew found himself in deeper and deeper waters, she was one of the few to offer public and private support,” reported The Telegraph.
“She paid his legal bills and was the shoulder he leaned on for many cups of tea in the drawing room at Windsor Castle.”
And in March, despite supposed opposition from King Charles III and Prince William, it was Andrew who accompanied his mother to her seat in Westminster Abbey for a memorial service for her husband, the Prince Philip.
Since the queen’s death, the prince has been seen publicly mourning his mother.
Prince Andrew was spotted inspecting floral tributes left outside Windsor Castle with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson on Friday.
Despite the couple’s divorce in 1996, they maintained a close relationship. In her own statement, the Duchess of York praised the Queen, calling her “the most amazing mother-in-law and friend…I will miss her more than words can express”.
Last weekend Prince Andrew was pictured comforting his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie as members of the Royal Family viewed flowers and read cards in Scotland in honor of the queen.
He also watched by his mother’s coffin, with his siblings, dressed in his military uniform. King Charles III had allowed his brother to be allowed to wear his military uniform, which had previously been denied.