Prince Harry on Monday paid loving tribute to late grandfather Prince Philip’s “appeal” and “sharp wit” — remembering him as a “grasp of the barbecue” and “legend of banter.”
“My grandfather was a man of service, honor and nice humor,” the 36-year-old Duke of Sussex stated in a assertion Monday, after arriving again in the UK prepared for Saturday’s funeral.
“He was authentically himself, with a severely sharp wit, and will maintain the consideration of any room on account of his appeal — and in addition since you by no means knew what he may say subsequent,” Harry recalled fondly.
“He will probably be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a adorned serviceman, a Prince and a Duke,” he stated of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who died Friday at 99.
“However to me, like many of you who’ve misplaced a liked one or grandparent over the ache of this previous yr, he was my grandpa: grasp of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky proper ‘til the finish,” Harry stated.
“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her facet for 73 years of marriage, and whereas I may go on, I do know that proper now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’” he recalled.
“So, on that word, Grandpa, thanks on your service, your dedication to Granny, and for at all times being your self,” Harry wrote.
“You’ll be sorely missed, however at all times remembered — by the nation and the world.
“Meghan, Archie, and I (as effectively as your future great-granddaughter) will at all times maintain a particular place for you in our hearts,” he stated.
Harry ended his assertion with “Per Mare, Per Terram” — the motto of the UK’s Royal Marines which means “By Sea, By Land.”
The tribute got here as Harry was noticed Sunday arriving in the UK forward of Saturday’s funeral, with pregnant spouse Meghan Markle, 39, staying dwelling in California. He’s staying at his UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, and following COVID-19 protocols, insiders informed The Submit.
It’s the first time he will probably be along with his household since Megxit and his damning TV tell-all with Oprah Winfrey, which reportedly left the royals “fraught with rigidity.”
Nonetheless, he and Prince William are stated to be “united in grief” over their grandfather, with royal insiders hoping it may assist the once-tight pair lastly heal their variations.