The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have both paid tribute to the American comedian, Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday at the age of 81.
In a statement released by Clarence House, Charles and Camilla are said to be “extremely saddened” to have learnt the news of her death.
Prince Charles said: “Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humour and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable.”
The acid-tongued comedian and actress had a good relationship with the royal family and has performed stand-up comedy for them at the “We Are Most Amused” comedy gala, in aid of the Prince’s trust for the Charles’ 60th birthday.
Ms Rivers was also one of only four Americans invited to the wedding of Prince Charles and the then Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005.
The 81 year old died on Thursday evening in New York, after she was placed on life support as a result of a cardiac arrest last week during surgery.
Joining the Prince of Wales in paying tribute were US talk show host David Letterman, who called Rivers “a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy.”
TV show host Ellen DeGeneres also described Rivers as a leading pioneer, saying: “She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone.”