Richard E. Grant revealed that his wife, Joan Washington, had been diagnosed with stage 4 lungs cancer A few months before her death.
‘Withnail and I’ Actor previously announced that Washington died on September 2nd at 71 years old. They have been married for 35 years.
Several hours after Washington’s funeral was held on Friday, Richard remembered the last few months he spent with his wife during the Battle of Cancer. During that time she was “violently sedated” to ease her breathing.
“The Oncology Team at Royal Marsden Hospital, NHS Nurses, Price Mill Surgery, and Longfield Palliative Care are beyond the example.”
Richard, 64, further describes the past eight months as a “privilege” spent on the Washington side, and when he asked Olivia and me two weeks ago, what we wanted and needed. I made it possible to say everything. “To let go of me,” we explicitly said “yes,” he added.
“Olivia and I are deeply grateful for everything you have given us. We are relieved that you no longer have to breathe out and struggle,” continued Richard.
“Our loss is immeasurable. Your love is immeasurable. The depth of our sorrow is reflected in the magnitude of our love. Goodbye Monkey-my. We. Don’t forget.’
The actor also revealed that Prince Charles visited Washington a few weeks before her death and they joked with each other.
Richard and Joan have been together for 38 years. Richard met a voice and dialect coach when he was teaching an accent session at a drama school in December 1982 before getting married in 1986.
The couple welcomed their daughter Olivia, 31, and Richard is also the stepfather of Joan’s son Tom, 45, from the first marriage.