Prince William has remembered his grandfather, Prince Philip, as an “extraordinary man” while Prince Harry called him a “legend of banter”…
The 38-year-old royal has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday (09.04.21) aged 99, and pledged for himself and his wife Catherine to do what they can to support his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, now she no longer has her beloved husband by her side.
Prince William’s statement
He said in a statement: “My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
William feels “lucky” to have had his grandfather in his life for so many years and will particularly cherish the memories he has of Philip being with his own children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis.
He said: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.
“I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.
“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.
“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!”
“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
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Prince Harry’s statement
The 36-year-old royal – who has returned to the UK without his wife Duchess Meghan or their 23-month-old son Archie – ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday (17.04.21) paid a touching tribute to his “charming” relative as he reflected not only on Philip’s position in the UK as Queen Elizabeth’s husband but also his own personal loss.
He said in a statement: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. 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.
“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 ‘til the end.”
Harry joked he would keep his tribute short because he knows that’s what his grandfather would have wanted.
He added: “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.”
The prince ended his statement with a short Latin phrase used by the Marines, “Per Mare, Per Terram” meaning “By Sea, By Land”.
Author: BANG Showbiz