Both praised Philip’s lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. William said his grandfather would want the royal family to “get on with the job.”
Harry remembered Philip as “my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.”
Philip died Friday just months shy of his 100th birthday.
“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service — to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and queen, and to our family,” William said.
William, who is second in line to the British throne, also said that he will always be grateful that his wife, Kate, had so many years to get to know his grandfather.
In a statement released half an hour later, Harry also reminisced about their grandfather, saying 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.”
Philip was known for speaking his mind and making occasional controversial comments, some of which have been deemed racist or insensitive.
“Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts,” added Harry, who is reportedly in the U.K.
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