KEY POINTS

  • Prince Harry said in his tribute for his grandfather that Prince Philip has been a "rock" for Queen Elizabeth for 73 years
  • He described Philip as "authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm"
  • The duke thanked his grandfather for "your service, your dedication to Granny and for always being yourself"

Prince Harry has paid tribute to his grandfather Prince Philip in a new statement released Monday.

Following his older brother Prince William's commemorative message for Prince Philip on Twitter, the Duke of Sussex shared his own tribute for the Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away Friday at age 99. Prince Harry remembered the late royal as "my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter and cheeky right ‘til the end."

"My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. 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," Prince Harry wrote, as quoted by Harper's Bazaar.

"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."

Prince Harry went on to describe his grandfather as "a rock" for Queen Elizabeth II who was a constant by her side for 73 years. He also thanked Prince Philip for his "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," he added.

The Duke of Sussex concluded his message by writing, "Per Mare, Per Terram." The Latin phrase translates to "By Sea, By Land" and is used as a slogan by the Royal Marines.

This comes days after he and wife Meghan Markle dedicated the homepage of their non-profit organization Archewell's website to Prince Philip on Friday. The Sussexes posted a brief tribute to him, which read, "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021. Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed."

However, some social media users were not impressed with their statement at the time, describing it as "cold" for a supposed loving tribute for a family member.

Prince Harry is already in the U.K. for his grandfather's funeral, which will take place on Saturday at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Markle did not join him on the trip as she has been advised by her doctor against traveling. The duchess is heavily pregnant, and her doctors "don’t think the stress of it all is worth her risking losing another baby" after she suffered a miscarriage last year, Us Weekly reported.

Prince William and Prince Harry Prince William and Prince Harry attend the opening of the Greenhouse Sports Centre on April 26, 2018, in London. Photo: Getty Images/Toby Melville