Prince Philip Dead: The Crown Star Tobias Menzies Pays Tribute To Duke Of Edinburgh
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Actor Menzies, 47, famously played the Duke Of Edinburgh in seasons three and four of the hit Netflix show.
When pushed to make a comment on the death of The Queen's husband, Menzies told HELLO! magazine: "If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I'm fairly sure he wouldn't want an actor who has portrayed him on television giving their opinion on his life, so I'll leave it to Shakespeare.
"O good old man! how well in thee appears/ The constant service of the antique world..."
He concluded with a simple: "Rest in Peace."
Menzies isn't the only one to comment - or should we say cryptically decline to comment - on the 99-year-old Duke's passing.
The show's creator, Peter Morgan, also released a statement on the tragic news, saying: "Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
"Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time."
In a statement on Friday, the royal family confirmed the Duke's passing, announcing in a statement: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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."
Prince Philip endured a lengthy hospital stay earlier this year. He was treated at two London hospitals for an undisclosed infection in addition to a heart condition, before returning to Windsor to be with his wife the Queen.
The royal, who retired from royal duties in 2017 and had effectively stepped back from public life, spent much of his time at Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate in recent years.
The Duke of Edinburgh leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. The most recent addition to the family was Princess Eugenie's little boy August, born earlier this year, while Prince Harry is currently expecting his second child with Meghan Markle.
The Queen and Prince Philip were married in November 1947 and celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in 2021. He was described by the monarch on their golden wedding anniversary as her "strength and stay".
In a rare display of public emotion, the Queen said: "He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."
Philip would have celebrated his 100th birthday in just a couple of months' time, on 10th June.
Since the news was announced this afternoon, tributes and messages of sympathy have been flooding in for the royal family, who have taken down their official website in tribute to Prince Philip.