Prince William and Prince Harry have joined other members of the Royal Family in issuing statements paying tribute to their grandfather, Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle three days ago as a fun and loving service man and parent.
The princes paid tribute on Monday to the Duke of Edinburgh’s dedication to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, but also nodded at their private memories of a grandfather whom they warmly described as a sharp wit , mischievous and affectionate towards their children.
“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and the Commonwealth, to his wife and queen, and to our family,” William said in his statement. “I feel fortunate to have not only had his example to guide me, but also his enduring presence in my own adult life – both in good times and in tough days.
“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandfather who picked them up in his car and seeing for themselves his contagious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humor. ! William said in his statement, adding that he would continue to support the Queen for years to come.
“I will miss my grandfather, but I know he would like us to continue our work,” he said.
In a separate statement, Harry described his grandfather as a “man of service, honor and great humor” who had a “very sharp wit” and “could hold the attention of any room due to for his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.
“He will be remembered as the oldest reigning husband of the monarch, a decorated soldier, a prince and a duke,” Harry said in his statement. “But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent to the pain of the past year, he was my grandfather: barbecue master, joke legend and cheeky until. ‘at the end.
Harry said he would miss his grandfather dearly and thanked him for his service, his dedication to “Granny” and for always being himself.
He signed his statement, “Per Mare, Per Terram,” a Latin phrase meaning “by sea, by land” and the motto of the Royal Marines, alluding to the bond shared between him and his grandfather, as they both had occupied the ceremonial position of the force of Captain General.
While Harry, William and their grandfather have been photographed countless times together at various events, the moment between them that captured the most public attention was that of Philip walking with the young princes behind the coffin during of the funeral procession of Princess Diana.
Royal watchers are hopeful that Philip’s funeral will go some way to mending a month-long rift that has emerged between the two brothers that Harry recently spoke about in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
Harry, who has been living in California with his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, since the spring of last year, has returned to Britain to join the grieving royals and ahead of Philip’s funeral on Saturday. Meghan, who is pregnant, remained in California after her doctor recommended that she not travel.
Since Philip’s death on Friday at age 99, other members of the royal family have posted their own personal tributes.
Prince Charles, the first in line to the throne, said his father was a “much loved and appreciated figure” who over the past 70 years had “rendered the most remarkable and dedicated service to the Queen , to my family and to the country. , but also to the entire Commonwealth. “
After the death of Prince Philip, Britain began eight days of national mourning, during which flags fluttered halfway through.
Britain has just started lifting coronavirus restrictions after its third nationwide lockdown, and Philip’s ceremonial royal funeral, due to take place in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, will be in accordance with government rules in social matters. outrun.
Current measures also limit the number of mourners to 30 and while the Queen’s family, including her four children and eight grandchildren, are expected to attend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will forgo the funeral so that an additional member of the royal family can attend.
Queen Elizabeth has not made any further comment on her husband’s death since she announced Friday.
Prince Andrew, the Queen and Philip’s third child who retired from public life in 2019 due to his ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, said: “We all feel a great sense of loss. ” He said the Queen was an “incredibly stoic person” and told media that the monarch described Philip’s death as having “left a huge void in his life”.