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Prince Harry, 36, is back in the UK ahead of his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. Both Harry and his brother Prince William paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday in separate statements. In the written tribute to Philip shared on Harry and Meghan’s official Archwell website Harry signs of with the Latin phrase “Per Mare, Per Terram.”

“Per Mare, Per Terram” translates as “By Sea, By Land” and is the slogan of the Royal Marines.

Upon his retirement in 2017, Prince Philip handed his ceremonial title as Captain-General of the Royal Marines to Prince Harry.

The Duke had held the treasured role for decades and by passing it onto Harry, he was honouring his grandson’s dedication to the British Armed Forces.

Harry served in the military for 10 years and is extremely proud of his time in the forces.

During his time in the Armed Forces, Harry rose to the ranks of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, Major in the British Army and Royal Marines and Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force.

However, as a senior royal, he also held the ceremonial posts of Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.

Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit the Firm last year meant Harry had to give up his honorary military roles including the Royal Marines post he inherited from Philip.

The Duke is understood to have been upset about the move, which was confirmed by the Queen earlier this year.

In a statement confirming the Sussexes would not return to their roles as working members of the monarchy, the Queen said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.

“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.

“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.

“While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family.”

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But despite no longer being Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Harry evoked his past title in his recent tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Harry’s statement honouring his late grandfather read: “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!’”

The tribute continued: “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.

The message was signed off with the Royal Marines slogan “Per Mare, Per Terram”.

Harry flew back to UK without Meghan Markle and his son Archie Harrison.

While Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, is said to have wanted to join her husband it is understood she did not receive medical clearance to fly.

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