Prince William and Prince Harry are remembering their grandfather, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
They’ve both shared statements about the man who was by their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II’s side throughout her 69 year reign and their 73 years of marriage – and by their sides from the beginning.
“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” Prince William’s message begins.
“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,” the message continues.
“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!”
Prince William ends by describing the Duke of Edinburgh as “an extraordinary man” who was “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.”
Prince Harry also shared words of love for the Duke of Edinburgh:
“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.”
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“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 sevice, 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 specila place for you in our hearts.”
Prince Harry ends with “Per Mare, Per Terram”, the motto of the Royal Marines which is Latin for “by Sea, By Land.”Prince Harry took over the The Duke of Edinburgh as Captain General of the Royal Marines from 2017 to 2020.
(Feature Image Credits: Prince William photo by Mr Pics/Shutterstock; Prince Harry photo by Shaun Jeffers/Shutterstock.com)