Prince William and Prince Harry released separate statements on Monday remembering their grandfather, Prince Philip, a day after Harry arrived in the U.K. for the first time in over a year, and ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday—both brothers said their grandfather would want the family and country to “get on with” life.
Prince William released his statement on the Royal Family’s social media accounts with a new photo of Prince Philip with Prince William’s eldest son, Prince George.
The second in line to the throne called Prince Philip an “extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation.”
Prince Harry memorialized his grandfather as the “master of the barbecue, legend of banter and cheeky right ‘til the end” in his own statement.
Prince Harry also said he will be “sorely missed” by “Meghan, Archie” and his “future great-granddaughter”—Meghan Markle did not travel to the U.K. with Prince Harry because she is pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Prince Philip died on April 9, and will have a small ceremonial funeral due to Covid-19 restrictions and the Duke’s apparent wishes. Just 30 family members are expected to attend the ceremony, and it will be the first time since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview that the Royal Family will be seen together. Prince Harry, during the interview, described his relationship with his brother as “space” and said he had a particularly strained relationship with his father, Prince Charles. The couple, who stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020 and have resettled in California, said members of the Royal Family had “concerns” about how “dark” Archie’s skin would be, and didn’t defend the couple against false allegations in the press. Shortly after the interview, Queen Elizabeth said Harry, Meghan and Archie are “much loved family members” but that “recollections may vary” about conversations the couple mentioned in their interview.
“I will miss my Grandpa, but I know we would want us to get on with the job,” Prince William wrote. A sentiment echoed by his brother, who wrote, “Right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’”