It’s been three days since Prince Philip, the 99 year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, passed away at Windsor Castle. Now, a royal author is speaking out to say that Philip was a “model” royal husband who “supported his wife in everything” that she did.

In the wake of Philip’s death, royal author Leslie Carroll recalled a 2005 fundraiser for the Seafarers’ Charity, formerly Seafarers UK, of which the Duke of Edinburgh was a royal patron.

“Philip rose and spoke for 20-25 minutes with tremendous passion and clarity, and without a single note in front of him,” Carroll told Fox News. “Everyone in attendance – from the women in gowns to the men in tuxedos to those who wore their naval uniforms and medals – were gobsmacked that the then-84-year-old duke could deliver a lengthy speech with such content and clarity that never for a moment sounded like someone had written it for him, or that he’d memorized it.”

“It sounded spontaneous and straight from the heart,” Carroll added. “And without a single dicey gaffe – for which he had become legendary.”

Carroll, who has written several books about the British royal family, described Philip as “the model for the royal husband who supported his wife in everything and subordinated his ego to the royal requirements of a consort.”

“He also gave up the only other thing he loved besides his wife and queen – his career as a naval officer,” she said. “[But] his passion for the sea never left him, however land-bound he became. That night in London’s Guildhall – a building built in 1440 that stands as a reminder that ‘there will always be an England’ – the duke was master and commander again; but this time on behalf of the charitable organization that brings comfort to those former seafarers who find themselves cast upon financial shoals.”

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Carroll went on to say that she was saddened that Philip died just two months short of his 100th birthday.

“I somehow irrationally expected that even at 99, Prince Philip would still be with us,” Carroll confessed. “Her Majesty writes a personal letter to every subject who reaches his or her 100th birthday. I’d really been looking forward to imagining what little emendation she would add to her husband’s letter in June. Sadly, we’ll never find out.”

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