Show A Little Respect

Yesterday a very old lady lost the man she had loved for over 80 years, her rock, the one who had stood by her side through unimaginable highs and lows. His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, passed away at Windsor Castle. A nation went into mourning and accolades and tributes flooded in from all corners of the globe, from world leaders and celebrities far and wide.

His life touched the lives of many. He was a war hero whose actions saved the lives of colleagues during World War Two. His charitable work and patronage of over 800 organisations has bolstered many worthy causes. A life of duty and service was underpinned by a steely resolve and quirky sense of humour that sometimes got him into trouble.

The trolls are nothing if not consistent. Within seconds of his death being announced by Buckingham Palace they gleefully emerged from under their online stones, desperate to mock and besmirch his life and contribution. I’m no massive royalist but, as I’ve got older, I’ve developed a respect for the Queen and her husband and, more importantly, what they epitomise. Dignity. Service. Honour.

Yes, the Royal Family have been hit by scandal but what family doesn’t have skeletons in their closets? Prince Philip may not have been the most politically correct soul but he belonged to a different age and his faux pas were more clumsy than malicious. I dare anyone to live almost a century without dropping a few verbal clangers along the way. Something about people in glass houses…

If the best you can do is is go online and anonymously abuse the death of a 99 year old man who you didn’t know then maybe you have a few issues closer to home. Why not take a look in the mirror. Are you alright? Why are you so angry all the time? Is there something you need to talk about? In the meantime me and the rest of the human race will get on just fine without you. Let me know when you want to rejoin us.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

42 thoughts on “Show A Little Respect

  1. I can’t believe there are people out there who are so negative about everything in the world and just need to say things out of context or just pure spite. I wonder what sort of lives they really live and how they react to people trolling them…

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  2. Well said, Stephen.

    Vale, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh Award for young people alone warrants the highest praise before even looking at his other achievements, patronage and service as a member of the Royal Family.

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  3. it was disheartening and I don’t think it was just young people saying it. I have a feeing it was older generations that may have been saying things. I Have no proof but to say its always the young people is wrong.

    It seems everywhere I go online people make outlandish comments just to to be heard.

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  4. It disturbs me that so many people have taken on the assumption that the online anonymity, gives them the right to toss written garbage at others and at situations. The attacks are relentless, and uncalled for. I agree with everything you said here, and the comments before mine.

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  5. I don’t feel so bad for the Royal family. I deeply admire them because of their sense of honor and service to their nation. But they have learned to cope with the good and the bad, and they know what they have accomplished.

    I do feel bad for all those trolls. You said it properly, how angry can they be? What is happening at home? I think that the biggest problem is that they are not this way just with the Royals but more likely with society at large. It is deeply concerning because what kind of future we have? People incapable of empathy, sense of dignity, respect, and lack of prudence?

    I truly do not understand that level of meanness. As you said, the second they published HRH’s death, they jumped to insult and disrespect someone who just like all of us made mistakes. But unlike most people, he reached millions through service and charity.

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  6. Well said. It’s a moment of sadness. I cannot imagine losing my husband of 25 years let alone one of more than 70 years. What man or woman is perfect? Now is the time to just take a moment and give respect to those remaining who loved this man. If you’re not one of them, just keep quiet.

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  7. I refuse to allow the trolls even a fleeting moment of my time. I scroll on by their nasty small minds and hateful vitriol. This is very well said. I don’t think of myself as a Royal watcher by any means but since Canada is part of the commonwealth I was deeply saddened by the passing of this man. Respect is an attribute sorely in need in this sad old world of ours. So kudos to you for addressing it.


  8. My dad just turned 100 last week, so they were born in the same year. Believe me when I say that someone who lived as long as that, has gone through the wringer a time or two. Surviving World War II and living for nearly one hundred years is already quite an accomplishment. I think it is beyond amazing that this man gave up his own successful career in order to totally support and take a back seat to his wife, the queen. Amazing and worth our appreciation and acknowledgement. God bless him.


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