Prince Philip: Expert on ‘hopes’ over Prince Harry’s military roles
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The Duke of Sussex, who has returned to Britain from California for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, shared a statement on Monday following his grandfather’s death last week. Harry signed off the message with the Latin phrase “Per Mare Per Terram” – a motto of the Royal Marines which means “By Sea, By Land”.
The Telegraph’s associate editor Camilla Tominey said Harry’s use of the slogan appeared to be a “thinly-veiled reference to his superior military service” to his older brother.
William was in the RAF but was not sent to the front line like Harry, who served in Afghanistan.
Ms Tominey also said it was a “reminder” he had taken over the prestigious role of Captain General of the Royal Marines from Philip, before Megxit saw his stripped of it “seemingly against his will”.
Writing in the newspaper, the royal expert said: “Having made no secret of the fact that he was disappointed not to be able to maintain his military ties, the inclusion of the four-word Latin phrase appeared designed to tell the world that while he may no longer be a working royal, like his grandfather he will forever remain one who saw active service. “
Philip, who died peacefully aged 99 at Windsor Castle on Friday, had the title for 64 years before it was passed on to Harry in 2017.
Harry had the position for three years, although it was on hold for one year after he quit royal duties.
Former soldier Harry was stripped of his honorary military roles, including Captain General of the Royal Marines, by the Queen in February after Megxit was confirmed to be permanent.
Philip joined the Navy after leaving school and rapidly rose through the ranks.
But his flourishing naval career came to an end in 1951 when he stepped down to fulfil his duty as the Queen’s consort when she acceded to the throne the following year.
Some believe Philip would have been First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy, had he not become the Queen’s husband.
In Harry’s tribute to his grandfather, which was released shortly after William’s, 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.
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“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.”‘
Harry is staying at his and Meghan’s former home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, after travelling back from America.
Pregnant Meghan is staying in California with their son Archie after being advised against flying.
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