Prince Charles mourns unlikely cohort Joan Rivers: 'She was an extraordinary woman'

The royal pays tribute to the “original and indefatigable” comedienne 

They might seem like unlikely friends, but Prince Charles has paid tribute to “extraordinary” Joan Rivers, following her death yesterday (4 September), aged 81.

The comedienne attended the wedding of the Prince to The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.

“The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Joan Rivers,” a Clarence House spokesperson said.

Charles described his late friend as “an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humor and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable.”

Rivers performed at the royal's 60th birthday in 2008 - the “We Are Most Amused” comedy gala. The two were such good friends that the Prince even let Rivers scatter the ashes of a late friend round his Gloucestershire garden, which she happened to just be carrying with her during a visit to see the future King.

 

“I was at Highgrove and I said that my friend Tommy had died, and I said, 'May I scatter some of his ashes in the garden?'” Joan told Hello! in 2011. “He was in shock. But he said, 'Certainly.' I had them in a bag so Tommy is scattered there.”

Rivers - who was known for her scathing tongue and often controversial humour - described Charles as “charming and so humorous”.

“All the passions that everyone used to laugh at him for – organic food, architecture, talking to the flowers, we're all into those things now,” she once said.

“He is so far ahead of his time, and I think he will be a very good monarch. He is a very smart man and I adore him.” 

The comedienne died on 4 September, a week after suffering a heart attack during a routine procedure at a New York clinic, which is now under investigation by the New York State Department of Health.

“My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa Rivers.

“Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

READ MORE: HER MOST CONTROVERSIAL MOMENTS
OBITUARY: RIVERS' HUGE TALENT WAS FUELLED ABOVE ALL BY ANGER
Joan Rivers pre-planned her 'huge showbiz' funeral
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are in need of a HR Manage...

h2 Recruit Ltd: Business Development Manager - HR Consultancy - £65,000 OTE

£35000 - £40000 per annum + £65,000 OTE: h2 Recruit Ltd: London, Birmingham, M...

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'