The Queen's Grandson-in-Law Mike Tindall Recalls Prince Philip's 'Eerie' Yet 'Perfect' Funeral
The husband of Zara Tindall also praised the Queen, saying, "She's amazing, literally amazing"
Saying that there were "eerie" moments for the family during Saturday's moving service, Mike, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, praised Queen Elizabeth for how she coped during the ceremony, which saw her sitting six feet apart from family members due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's been a difficult 10 days," Mike said Wednesday on his podcast The Good, The Bad & the Rugby.
"I look back on the day I think as eerie as it was with no crowds and the social distancing, and the way everything was. I think it was the perfect day for how he would have liked it, if that makes any sense whatsoever," the former England rugby international player said.
"No fuss, get on with it. And my love for the Queen was even better. She was sat there completely on her own. She separated herself in terms of this is what the world is right now, and thought, 'I'm going to lead by example,'" he continued. "She's amazing, literally amazing."
He told co-hosts James Haskell and Alex Payne that there were "eerie moments for the family."
"It could have been his hat on his carriage that he rides, his gloves, or it could be the hat on his coffin, and the sword, the bugler, the piper," he shared. 'There were a lot of things that brought home memories and it was a sad day, but I think it was a very well run and he was very well looked after. And hopefully, he's looking down and he was happy with the day."
In the days before the funeral, Mike released a touching image of Philip, who died at age 99 on April 9, with the couple's eldest daughter Mia.
"It's been a very sad week but it has given us time to reflect on great memories and stories both personal and shared," Mike wrote alongside the candid snap, which was taken by Kate Middleton during a vacation at Balmoral, Scotland. In the post, he called the late royal "a devoted family man who we will forever miss but always love."
Last month, Mike used his podcast to share the happy news of the birth of his and Zara's third child — a baby boy named Luca.