Harry releases tribute to Prince Philip: ‘Legend of banter’

‘He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit’

Sophie Gallagher
Monday 12 April 2021 17:57 BST
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Prince Harry has released a tribute to his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, after his death on Friday, saying: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour.”

The Duke of Sussex said: “He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.”

Harry continued: “But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right till the end.

“He has been a rock for Her Majesty the Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’

“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered – by the nation and the world.

“Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”

He signed off with a Latin phrase used by the Marines: “‘Per Mare, Per Terram’” (by sea, by land).

The Duke of Sussex has arrived back in the UK ahead of the funeral on Saturday, and is staying at Frogmore Cottage at Windsor, where he is following Covid-19 protocols, according to a source close to the royal.

Meghan Markle has not returned to the UK and has remained at the couple’s home in Santa Barbara, California, because of her pregnancy.

Earlier today, Prince William released his own statement, describing his grandfather as an “extraordinary man” and saying he would miss him but would “get on with the job”.

“I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her.”

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