(London) Five days before taking their grandfather’s coffin together, Princes William and Harry pay tribute to Prince Philip and his life on Monday dedicated to the crown and queen.
After Prince Philip’s children’s speeches over the weekend, the two different brothers publicly saluted the memory of their grandfather, who died “quietly” on Friday at Windsor Castle in west London at the age of 99.
“The century of my grandfather’s life was defined by his service to his country and to the Commonwealth, his wife and Queen, and our family,” said Prince William, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation,” William continued. “Next to the throne, he and his wife Catherine will continue to do what he wants: to support the Queen over the years.”
In the process, Prince Harry was greeted with a “sense of duty, respect and a strong sense of humor.” The Duke of Sussex, who returned to the United Kingdom for the first time since leaving the monarchy, according to British media, paid homage to his grandfather, “Queen of Devotion Equivalent to His Majesty”.
“For me […], It’s my grandfather: the master of barbecue, the legend of comedy and the prankster to the end, ”he said.
His wife Megan, 39, is in California expecting her second child this summer. According to Buckingham Palace, his doctor advised him not to go to England.
On Saturday, Harry and William will follow their grandfather’s coffin to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the ceremony will take place, as happened after Mother Diana’s death in Paris in 1997.
It’s Harry’s big comeback after a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey and his wife on March 7th. The monarch’s nickname, “The Firm”, could not support his wife, who he accused when the latter referred to suicidal thoughts and racism.
Harry, 36, said he was “very disappointed” by the lack of support from his father, Prince Charles, and that he had left his brother.
“Grandfather of the Nation”
A patriot of the royal family, a man known for his strong character, outspokenness, but also his devotion to the Queen and the country, Philip is said to have turned 100 on June 10th.
Due to a health crisis, the Prince’s funeral was scheduled for next Saturday at Windsor Castle, 95, four days earlier.e Elizabeth II’s birthday party will be held in a small group of 30 people.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who recalled a day before Parliament and a minute of silence the day before, praised Prince Philip’s “unwavering support” for the Queen’s support during their 73 – year marriage. The head of the Conservative government underscored the Queen’s husband’s commitment to youth and the environment.
Earlier, Scottish local parliamentarians also commemorated the Duke of Edinburgh and observed a minute of observance.
After serving in World War II, “he faced the challenge of being the husband of a powerful woman, which was more exceptional than it is today,” Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon underlined.
Tributes have been arranged since the prince’s death, with artillery fires across the country and a few minutes of silence waiting in theaters on Saturday. Flower deposits are piling up outside the gates of Windsor and Buckingham Palace, despite calls from the general public not to do so due to the epidemic.
Her death leaves a “huge void” in the Queen’s life, her son Andrew said after a memorial service on Sunday.
“We almost lost the country’s grandfather,” Andrew said, adding that he had been out of public life since 2019 because he had a friendly relationship with the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who abducted minors.