Prince Philip: Peter Phillips discusses gifts for his grandfather
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Prince Harry reflected on Prince Philip and his dedication to regularly flying aircraft in his younger years. Speaking in the BBC Documentary, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, the Duke of Sussex emphasised to be a pilot you have to put in the work regardless of being a prince. While looking over old flight logs, he praised Prince Philip for flying himself, the Queen, and their team to different countries.
He also joked about the Queen’s reaction to poor flying by Prince Philip and did a brief impression.
Prince Harry said: “A flight log basically keeps track of all of your flying hours and where you have been, what kind of flying you have been doing.
“This particular page, 1983, Geneva, Nairobi, Jakarta, New Delhi, I think this was probably a royal tour.
“He was probably doing all the flying himself or certainly chunks of it.
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“It is quite a smart thing to do, to be at the front and get as many hours in as he could on official tours.”
Prince Harry continued to praise Prince Philip for his dedication to flying.
He also went on to jokingly mimic the Queen and her reaction to Prince Philip flying the planes.
He continued: “When you are flying, you don’t get an easy pass just for being the Duke of Edinburgh, you don’t get a pass for being a prince.
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“You very much have to put in the work and prove your skill in being able to fly.
“He also had an amazing privilege and opportunity to get behind the controls and fly aircraft all around the world.
“I just imagine my grandmother sitting in the back of the plane having a cup of tea going through turbulence and going ‘oh Philip, what are you doing?'”
Prince Harry also went into greater detail about his relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh when discussing his tour in Afghanistan.
Harry said: “Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter-of-fact and just said ‘Make sure you come back alive.’
“And then when I came back there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of ‘Well, you made it, how was it?”
He continued: “But that’s just how he was, he very much set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share, he would never probe.”
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