Prince William and Prince Harry have joined other members of the royal family in releasing statements honoring their grandfather, Prince Philip, who died at Windsor Castle three days ago, as a man of service and a fun and loving relative.
The princes paid tribute on Monday to the Duke of Edinburgh’s devotion to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, but also nodded to their personal memories of a grandfather they described warmly as sharp-witted, mischievous and caring for their kids.
“My grandfather’s century of life has been characterized by service — to his nation and Commonwealth, to his wife and queen, and to our loved ones,” William said in his statement . “I feel lucky to have not just had his case to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life — both through good times and the toughest days. ”
I won’t ever take for granted the special memories of 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 humor! ” William said in his statement, adding that he would continue to encourage the queen in the years ahead.
I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job, he said.
In another statement, Harry described his grandfather as a “ guy of service, honor and terrific humor ” who had a “seriously sharp humor ” and “could hold the interest of any room as a result of 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 priest and a duke,” Harry said in his statement . “But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of the past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end. ”
Harry said, his grandfather would be sorely missed and thanked him for his support, his devotion to Granny and for always being himself.
He signed off his statement, “Per Mare, Per Terram” a Latin term meaning “by sea, by land” and the motto of the Royal Marines, hinting at his and his grandfather’s shared connection as they had both held the force ’s ceremonial position of Captain General.
While Harry, William and their grandfather have been photographed countless times together at various events, the second between them that has stuck most in the public’s mind is that of Philip walking with the young princes behind the coffin in the funeral procession for Princess Diana.
Royal watchers are hoping that Philip’s funeral will go some way toward mending a monthslong rift that has emerged between the two brothers that Harry most recently talked 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 spring last year, has returned to Britain to join the royal family in mourning and in anticipation of Philip’s funeral on Saturday. Meghan, who is pregnant, stayed in California after her doctor recommended that she shouldn’t travel.
Since Philip’s passing on Friday at age 99, other members of the royal family have launched their personal tributes.
Prince Charles, the first in line to the throne, said that his dad was a “much loved and valued figure” who over the last 70 years had “ awarded the most remarkable, devoted service to the Queen, to my loved ones and to the nation, but also to all of the Commonwealth. ”
Britain has only just started lifting coronavirus restrictions after its third national lockdown, and the ceremonial royal funeral of Philip, set to be held in St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, will be in line with the government ’s principles on social distancing.
The current measures also limit the amount 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 hasn’t made any further comments about her husband’s passing because it was declared on Friday.
Prince Andrew, the queen and Philip’s third child, who resigned from public life in 2019 over his ties to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, said, “We are all feeling a great sense of loss. ” He said that the queen was an “incredibly stoic person” and told the news media the monarch had clarified Philip’s departure as having “left a massive void in her life. ”