Prince Philip 'Unfairly Depicted' By Media, Son Prince Edward Says

Prince Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward, has spoken about his father's often controversial public image following his death today (April 9) at the age of 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle with his wife Queen Elizabeth II by his side, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

The late royal shares three sons and one daughter with the Queen—Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward, and Princess Anne.

Following his father's death today, Prince Edward, spoke to ITV News to share his memories.

Speaking about his public image, the Earl of Wessex, 57, said that his father was often unfairly depicted by the media and praise his "wonderful sense of humor."

"The public image that certain parts of the media would portray was always an unfair depiction," Prince Edward said.

Prince Edward
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Prince Philp, Duke of Edinburgh watch the flypast over the Mall of British and US World War II aircraft from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on National Commemoration Day, July 10, 2005, in London, England. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

"He used to give them as good as he got and always in a very entertaining way. He was always able to manage interviews and say things that the rest of us always dreamed we could say. He was brilliant. Always absolutely brilliant."

He continued: "He had a wonderful sense of humor but of course, you can always misinterpret something or turn it against them, so it sounds like it's not right. But anyone who had the privilege to hear him speak said it was his humor which always came through and the twinkle in his eye."

On his parent's relationship, Prince Edward added: "My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas. To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public. To be able to share that is immensely important."

The royal said that despite his father being Britain's longest-serving consort, he will remember him as a father and husband first and foremost.

"I'll remember my father in a number of ways," he said. "For what he has done in his public life for all the organizations he has supported and influenced and obviously as my father and husband to my mother and all the work that he has done there and as a family we will remember that more than anything else."

Also speaking on the program, Princess Anne discussed of her father's legacy.
"Without him life will be completely different," she admitted. "But from society's perspective he was able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact... but above all that it's not about the technology it's about the people."