Prince Philip's will includes three staff members

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Following Prince Philip's sad passing in April (his cause of death has now officially been confirmed as old age), we reported that the Duke had left some personal items to one of his great-grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor. Now, further details about Philip's will have emerged and it seems it's not only family members that he left thoughtful (and generous) gifts for, but three members of staff too.

Speaking to The Sun, a source who is allegedly close to Buckingham Palace said, "Prince Philip will be generous to the three men who looked after him... These include his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, his page William Henderson and valet Stephen Niedojadlo."

The three men were said to be especially important to the Duke during his final years, with William Henderson being by Philip's side during his final days. Bakewell also stood in for the Duke when he was unable to attend events, showing the closeness and trust held between the pair.

While discussing the will, the 'royal insider' also said that it's likely the majority of Prince Philip's £30 million estate will have been left to his wife of 73 years, the Queen.

Buckingham Palace have neither confirmed or denied the reports, but released a statement saying: "This is a personal matter for the family and as such arrangements are private."

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Speaking candidly about the death of his father, Prince Charles reflected on his loss in a recent video message for the Naz Legacy Foundation, shared to celebrate Eid and the end of Ramadan.

Drawing parallels between his own life and those of others who have also lost a loved one during the pandemic, Charles said in his speech, "I just wanted to convey my heartfelt best wishes to all who celebrate this festival... The last year I know has been deeply challenging for us all, and I am only too aware of the impact of the pandemic on the Muslim community."

He continued on to say that there's now a noticeably empty seat at his family's table, where his father, Philip, would have once sat. "This year so many families, like my own, will have an empty seat at their dinner table and friends will no longer be able to share the celebratory hug after Eid prayers."

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