Princess Eugenie Revealed Prince Philip Met Her Son Before The Duke Died

In a resurfaced video clip of the BBC documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family RemembersPrincess Eugenie revealed that her grandfather was able to meet her newborn son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, in Windsor Castle, shortly before he passed away.

August Philip Hawke at 15 months old during The Queen's Jubilee Pageant

"I brought little August to come and meet him and told him that we'd named him after him and it was such a lovely moment", the princess said as she fought back her tears. "We were very lucky to do that", she added.

Princess Eugenie and son, August Philip

Princess Eugenie gave birth to her eldest child with Jack Brooksbank on February 9, 2021, just days before Prince Philip was confined in the hospital near Windsor. 

The Duke of Edinburgh stayed for 28 days in the hospital before he was discharged and returned to Windsor Castle. He died two weeks later.

Attending the memorial service of their grandfather. Princess Beatrice with husband Edo, Princess Eugenie with husband Jack

In the documentary, Princess Eugenie held back tears while discussing the pivotal role of the Duke of Edinburgh in her life and why she decided to name her son after him. 

She said: "We named August, August Philip because grandpa had been such a huge, inspiring character in my life".

Prince Philip and his great grandchildren
The Queen and Prince Philip and their great-grandchildren, Balmoral 2018 summer. The Queen was holding the infant Prince Louis, while Mia Tindall (seated next to Prince Philip) was holding her sister, Lena.

Prince Philip and The Queen have been traditionally introduced to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren following birth. 

Prince Philip was able to meet Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019 

But on April 9, 2021, when the Duke died peacefully at Windsor Castle, many believed he did not meet his two grandsons, both named after him, August Philip Hawke, and Lucas Philip, son of Zara Tindall, who was born on March 21, 2021.

With Princess Eugenie's revelation that Prince Philip indeed met her son before he passed away, only three among the 12 great-grandchildren were not able to see Prince Philip. 

Lucas Philip Tindall, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born on June 4, 2021, in California, and Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli-Mozzi, daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi, born on September 18, 2021.

Zara Tindall and her son, Lucas Philip, born on March 21, 2021

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor born on June 4, 2021
Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli-Mozzi with their daughter, Sienna Elizabeth who was born on September 18, 2021

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