Prince Harry remembers his late grandfather. The 36-year-old Duke of Sussex issued a statement about his Archewell website on Monday, just days after Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband for more than seven decades, had died at the age of 99.
“My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor,” Harry’s statement began. “He was genuinely himself, with a very sharp wit, and he could turn heads in any room because of his charm, and also because you never knew what he would say next.”
“He will be remembered as the oldest reigning consort of the Monarch, a decorated military man, a prince and a duke,” the statement continued. “But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or a grandparent to the grief of the past year, he was the grandfather: barbecue master, joke legend, and cheeky to the end.”
Harry then moved on to Philip’s relationship with the queen, writing: “He has been a stone to Her Majesty the Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage.”
While Harry noted that he “could go on” with more tribute to his grandfather, he guessed that Philip would, “say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh, go ahead!'”
“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Grandma and for always being yourself,” the statement read. “The nation and the world will miss you deeply, but they will always remember you. Meghan, Archie and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts.”
Harry ended his message by writing the Latin phrase “Per Mare, Per Terram”, which means “by sea, by land”, and is the motto of the Royal Marines.
Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, previously issued a statement following Philip’s death on their Archewell website.
“IN LOVING MEMORY OF His Royal Highness,” the statement read. “The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE … YOU WILL BE GREATLY LOST.”
Harry’s longest statement came a day after he arrived in the UK to attend Philip’s funeral. Meghan, who is pregnant with her second child, did her best to travel with her husband, but did not receive medical clearance from her doctor. While across the pond, Harry is staying at Meghan’s UK residence, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, England.
Philip’s funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. The service, which will be televised, will begin with a minute of silence and will be preceded by a Ceremonial Procession within the grounds of Windsor Castle.