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Fond memories Prince Harry pays tribute to 'Grandpa' Philip, thanking him 'for always being yourself'

"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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The Duke of Edinburgh with William and Harry at Sandhurst (PA)

The Duke of Edinburgh with William and Harry at Sandhurst (PA)

The Duke of Edinburgh with William and Harry at Sandhurst (PA)

Prince Harry praised Prince Philip yesterday for his devotion to "Granny" Queen Elizabeth and described the late duke as a mischievous host who could captivate his guests with unpredictable remarks.

Philip, the queen's husband who had been at her side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on Friday, aged 99.

"Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself," said Harry, who has returned to the UK from Los Angeles for Philip's funeral next Saturday.

"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."

British prime Minister Boris Johnson referenced some of Philip's more controversial remarks, including those about cannibalism in Papua New Guinea and the murder of half his family by the Russians.

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Princes William and Harry greet the Queen and Philip at the wedding in 2004 (John Giles/PA)

Princes William and Harry greet the Queen and Philip at the wedding in 2004 (John Giles/PA)

Princes William and Harry greet the Queen and Philip at the wedding in 2004 (John Giles/PA)

"It is true that he occasionally drove a coach and horses through the finer points of diplomatic protocol, and he coined a new word - dontopedalogy - for the experience of putting your foot in your mouth," Mr Johnson told MPs in parliament.

"But the world did not hold it against him.

"They understood he was trying to break the ice, to get things moving, to get people laughing and forget their nerves."

Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, will quarantine in accordance with coronavirus guidelines so he can attend the funeral at Windsor Castle.

He and his wife, Meghan Markle, left Britain for a new life in the US last year after a public rift with the royal family and a falling-out with the country's tabloid press.

Harry's tribute to Philip came minutes after his brother, Prince William, second in line to the throne, hailed his grandfather for his dutiful service.

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He said Philip was an extraordinary man whose life had been defined by service, but he would have wanted members of the royal family to carry on.

"I will miss my grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with our jobs," William said in a statement.

"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation."

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