I wanted to write this note as we send Prince Philp to rest in Windsor, Surrey, where I have the enormous privilege to live and reflect over the two decades.
I have been reading, learning, and researching intensively about his work. Prince Philip was a pioneer of system change who has transformed the Monarchy and built internal systems to reduce bureaucracy. He was a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) pioneer. A design and engineering master, he knew the importance of time and constant change.
I love the fact that he augmented transparency and enabled social change across the United Kingdom. He has completed more than 22,000 solo engagements since 1952. I find this remarkable.
The Duke was generous and used his power to make a difference.
He was a doer. He understood the power of institutions and progressively made necessary changes. A controversial figure but himself knew that.
The Prince knew that some of his comments offended people, but he was not a mean person. I believe he was true to himself and was authentic, honest, and, of course, imperfect. He learned to master his skills and craft. Prince Philp continued to learn, invent and build throughout his life.
People from his generation did not apply filters when speaking; only time and education would change them. Some people on social media accused him of being racist. I’m afraid I have to disagree and find this offensive. Prince Philip was not racist.
My father-in-law is the same generation. They will say the most outrageous things that most of us will find racist and offensive. I think we should not focus on this but appreciate the work he has done, the people he has supported through his charities, and philanthropic work.
The teaching and love for the country- the loyalty to our Queen-.
Over the 73 years of this marriage to the Queen, he asked what is my job here rather than what show shall I put in. There is plenty of evidence that the Prince had a purpose. He was an environmentalist.
He knew that his time was limited and wanted to make the most of it.
He was a compassionate man, warm, and showed it differently. His traumatic childhood has, of course, affected him. When you have experienced trauma in life and overcome this, you are always seeking change for others. You do not want history to repeat itself. I know this myself, hence I am also passionate in changing systems for girls to have access to education, learn how to code and have access to safe spaces.
He offered us an enormous gift, a gift to think differently, to be passionate, not too fixated on oneself, to be at service without thinking what one will get back. He was selfless, lacked ego, disciplined, and had a sense of humor.
I have been following his work for nearly two decades while living in this country. I followed closely the Prince Design Prize, which I am a great fan too. I also like the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Over the years, I attended lots of events at various castles and palaces. I met beneficiaries in Prisons and different communities across the UK.
I have attended training sessions and spoke to young leaders, recipients of this generosity. There are genuinely life-changing. Young People needs skills that can prepare them for life. UK youth unemployment rate continues to rise; young black men are particularly affected according to Trust London.
“Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has stressed the need for a “systems approach” to tackle the pressing issue of youth unemployment, in accordance with the position agreed by leaders at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.”
After watching his well-organized, designed and orchestrated funeral, I have learned that he was a master of his craft. I also learned that in life, one must not focus on accolades, diplomas, big egos, privileges, egoism as these mean nothing and will not be remembered when you leave this earth.
Instead, doing good, being kind, learning to live a simple life, sharing knowledge, gaining intellect, being loyal, generous, supportive, disciplined, and loving will be remembered and celebrated the day you leave this earth. You will be remembered for every life you touched and changed.
His Pioneering will leave with us forever. Rest in Peace, Sir!!
With sincere Gratitude!!