Sharon Osbourne, the former American reality star and talk show host, was born in London. So the news of the death of Prince Philip hit her hard.
On her Instagram account, she posted a BBC video clip that showed how the Prince met his future wife, Queen Elizabeth II. The montage then clicked through major events to pay tribute to Prince Philip, who died Friday at Windsor Castle. He was 99. He spent a month in the hospital earlier this year to recover from a heart procedure.
Sharon Osbourne wrote: “Rest in Peace.”
Followers of Sharon Osbourne also posted their messages of comfort for Queen Elizabeth. One wrote:
“I have so much respect for the Queen prayers to the family it isn’t easy saying goodbye to your partner … especially when you have been with them for many years.”
Another wrote: “R.I.P. Prince Philip, Prince of Great Courage and Dedication.”
Still another posted: “Beautiful tribute for a wonderful man. RIP Sending love from the USA.”
Prince Philip retired from public life in 2017. But he was introduced to a larger audience by the Netflix series “The Crown,” a historical drama that tells the story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
It’s unclear how many times Sharon Osbourne met Prince Philip. Osbourne, who is married to rocker Ozzy Osbourne, lives in California.
On her former show The Talk three years ago, Osbourne described when she first met Prince Philip. It wasn’t a good one. Osbourne said he was a “grumpy” man. They both attended a Royal Variety Show in 2005.
Sharon Osbourne said on The Talk: “All the performers from all the different genres of the arts perform for the Queen and him. Afterwards you get to meet him. I said, ‘Did you get to enjoy the show?’, and he said ‘What do you think?’ And I said ‘probably not’, and he said ‘correct’.
“Then he said ‘How would you like to sit for three hours?’ And I wanted to say, ‘I’d love it, I always sit for as long as I can.’ He’s a miserable old so-and-so.”
In 2017, Sharon Osbourne also took a jab at British culture, saying about one-third of the people who live there are in a “bubble.” She said that’s because a good chunk of the citizens go to private schools and can’t relate to ordinary people.
Coincidentally, Osbourne recently lost her job on The Talk, in part, because she supported friend Piers Morgan. He’d been critical of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, who is the grandson of Prince Philip.