Prince Harry Reflected on His Grandfather Prince Philip's Life
"He was grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."
Like the rest of the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to the late Prince Philip with a brief tribute on Friday before releasing a more in-depth response days later. After posting a notice to their organization's web page, Archewell.com, Harry shared a more personalized statement which was relayed by royal reporter Omid Scobie.
"My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor," Harry began. "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," Harry continued. "But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or a grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."
"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage," he added, before noting that while he "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."
Harry recently arrived in the U.K. for his grandfather's funeral. The Duchess of Sussex was unable to accompany to him as, pregnant with the couple's second child, she "has been advised by her physician not to travel."
Though the late royal will be known as Prince Philip or the Duke of Edinburgh to many, he will now always be "master of the barbecue" to me.