Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to issue a formal statement reacting Harry’s grandfather’s passing, the couple acknowledged the Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy on their Archewell website.
“In Loving Memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021,” die webwerf now reads.
“Dankie vir u diens…You will be greatly missed,” the message continues.
Philip’s passing was confirmed by the palace in a statement shared Friday.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” lui die verklaring.
An announcement about the duke’s death was placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace on Friday.
During England’s coronavirus lockdown, he had been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen, 94.
Op Feb.. 16, Philip was admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell. Op Maart 3, hy underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital before being transferred back to King Edward VII hospital on March 5 and ultimately released home on March 16.
Philip married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and the queen have four children, including Harry and his older brother, Prins William, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A former naval officer and keen polo player, Philip enjoyed robust health well into old age but had several health issues in recent years.
At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor.
He was the second person ever to bear the title “Duke of Edinburgh,” the first being his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. Sy seun, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.
Just one month prior to Philip’s passing, Prince Harry acknowledged how close he is with his grandparents during his and Meghan’s sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan, 39, also noted that when news broke of Philip’s hospitalization in March, the couple called the queen over the telephone to check in.
The couple delivered bombshell claims about the British royal family during the March 7 onderhoud. One of the biggest takeaways was a claim voiced by the Hertogin van Sussex that a member of the royal family had expressed “bekommernisse” about the color of her baby’s skin before the birth of their son, Archie.
Later off-camera, Harry clarified to Winfrey that his grandparents, the queen and her husband Prince Philip, were not the ones who questioned Archie’s skin tone.
Harry and Meghan relocated to California last year after announcing their departure as senior members of the British royal family. In discussing the couple’s departure with Winfrey, he said he did not blindside his grandmother.
“I’ve never blindsided my grandmother,” Harry said. “I have too much respect for her.”
Harry also spoke lovingly of his grandfather in an interview this past February. In 'n “Die Laat Laat Vertoning” appearance that aired Feb. 25, said he’d communicated with Philip and Koningin Elizabeth II frequently — even on Zoom.
Wanneer James Corden asked the 36-year-old if his grandmother knew how to use the online chat service, Harry told the British TV host, “Ja, both my grandparents do.”
Hy gaan voort, “They have Zoomed a few times, they have seen [my seun] Archie running around,” verduidelik hy. “But my grandfather, instead of pressing ‘Leave Meeting,’ he just goes” – and Harry pretends to close his laptop.
“I am like ‘bye,’ as I’m pressing,” said Harry before imitating Philip closing the laptop.