Prince Charles Says Prince Philip's Death Left "An Empty Seat at Their Dinner Table"

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Prince Charles Says Prince Philip's Death Left "An Empty Seat at Their Dinner Table"

The Prince of Wales recently released a new video message, wishing Muslims an Eid Mubarak ahead of the end of Ramadan. In his short speech, the Prince remembered his father, Prince Philip, who passed away last month at age 99. Charles sympathized with all those grieving and noted that this year's Eid celebrations may be difficult for some.

"This year so many families, like my own, will have an empty seat at their dinner table and friends are no longer able to share the celebratory hug after Eid prayer," Prince Charles said.

The Naz Legacy Foundation posted the video on social media. The organization supports young people's education, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and minority communities. The clip was part of a virtual Iftar, the meal eaten after sundown during the Muslim Ramadan fast. In the video, the Prince also acknowledged the difficulties of the last year during the pandemic.

"This last year I know has been deeply challenging for us all and I'm only too aware of the impact of the pandemic on the Muslim community," he noted.

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Charles also brought up his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and shared holiday wishes from the two of them.

He noted, "I just wanted to convey my heartfelt best wishes to all who celebrate this festival and to tell you just how much my wife and I are thinking of you at this special time of year."

Yesterday, Prince Charles and Camilla accompanied Queen Elizabeth to the State Opening of Parliament. The event was the Queen's first public, in person appearance since Prince Philip's death. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the event was scaled down, with just 108 people in attendance. Ceremonial robes and the famed Imperial State Crown were swapped for day dress and masks, but the monarch still led the royal procession and gave her speech sitting on her throne.

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