Princes William and Harry have both paid tribute to their grandfather, Prince Philip.

Harry was seen arriving in the UK yesterday, ahead of the Duke Of Edinburgh’s funeral.

In classic Harry style, he described his grandfather as a “legend of banter”. He added you “never knew what he might say next.”

In his statement, Harry said: “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.

“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!’

“Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts. Per Mare, Per Terram.'”

Prince William

Earlier, Prince William also paid tribute, saying he will “support The Queen in the years ahead”.

He also described him as “an extraordinary man”, and added he will “miss my Grandpa”.

William said: “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

“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.

“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, and 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!

“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and 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.”

Meanwhile, Kensington Palace shared a photograph of a young Prince George Prince Philip alongside the message from William.

George is a future king. He is pictured sat beside the Duke on a carriage, as Philip holds the reins and a whip.


In addition, William and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, also spoke about his “dear Papa” at the weekend.

He said the Duke “would have been amazed” by the tributes that have been paid to him.

The Duke of Sussex arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm on Sunday. Meghan Markle is staying in the US as she is heavily pregnant.

The tributes keep pouring in for Prince Philip. 

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