Prince William has paid tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip following his death at the age of 99 on April 9, and said he will “always be grateful” for the kindness the Duke showed to his wife, Kate, and their three children.
“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,” said a statement from the Duke issued by Kensington Palace three days after it was confirmed that the Queen’s husband of 73 years had passed away peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle. The Cambridges also shared a sweet photograph of Prince Philip with his great-grandson Prince George, taken by Kate in Norfolk in 2015.
The statement read: “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 humor!”
Prince William said that his grandfather’s “century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family”. He concluded: “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.”
Prince Harry also paid tribute to his grandfather on April 12 with a statement published on the Archewell website, in which he described the Duke of Edinburgh as a “man of service”, a “master of the barbecue”, and a “legend of banter”. The statement read: “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.”
The Duke of Sussex said his grandpa had been “a rock” for the Queen, and added, “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!’” Harry’s statement ended: “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.” He signed off with “Per Mare, Per Terram”, the motto of the Royal Marines, meaning by sea, by land.
William, Kate, George, Charlotte, and Louis are all expected to attend Prince Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on April 17. The ceremony, scaled back in line with Covid restrictions, will be preceded by a national minute’s silence at 3pm. Prince Harry is traveling back from California, where he lives with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex and their son, Archie, to attend his grandfather’s funeral service. Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, a girl, has been advised by her doctor not to fly.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk