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Prince Harry pays tribute to Prince Philip the ‘legend of banter’ – ‘Per Mare, Per Terram’

Prince Philip: Harry and Meghan’s Archewell website tributes royal

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The Duke of Sussex said his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh was “a man of service, honour and great humour”, adding that “he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end”.

In a statement issued through his foundation Archewell, he 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!’

“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. ‘Per Mare, Per Terram.'”

Prince Harry has arrived back in Britain for Prince Philip’s funeral, which is taking place at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Philip’s grandson reportedly arrived in London on Sunday from Los Angeles on a British Airwaves flight.

Buckingham Palace have said Harry’s wife Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, will not attend on the advice of her doctor.

Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, will quarantine in line with current coronavirus guidelines ion order to attend the ceremonial funeral.

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth who had remained close to her side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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