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Prince William: “My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation”

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Prince William called his grandfather “an extraordinary man” whose life was defined by service in his first public comments since Prince Philip’s death at 99 last week.

William, 39, released a statement through Kensington Palace on Monday about his grandfather’s life along with a never-before-seen photo of Philip and Prince George as the royal family mourns his loss ahead of his funeral.

 

 

“My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” William said.

“I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days.”William has previously spoken about how his grandfather’s calming presence helped him endure the hardest moment of his life when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997 when William was 15.

Philip’s steady strength helped convince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, to walk behind their mother’s coffin during the public ceremony mourning her loss. Philip said he would accompany the young boys if they decided to make the difficult walk.

Philip also was a doting great-grandfather to William’s three children. Kensington Palace released a heartwarming photo, taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, of Philip sharing a sweet moment with his great-grandson, Prince George, 7, the oldest of William’s three children with the former Kate Middleton.

“I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her,” William said in his statement.

“I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humor!”

 

 

“My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation,” William said. “Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”

Harry also released a heartfelt tribute to his grandfather on Monday in his first official statement since Philip’s death. Last week, Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, posted a message to their production company’s website that read: “In loving memory of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service… you will be greatly missed.”

In Monday’s statement, Harry said: “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.”

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