Prince William pays sweet tribute to Prince Philip

Sarah Ilston
·3-min read
Photo credit: Tim Graham
Photo credit: Tim Graham

Prince William has shared a sweet tribute in memory of his late grandfather, Prince Philip, on social media.

Describing the Duke of Edinburgh as having an 'infectious sense of adventure' and 'mischievous sense of humour,' William expressed gratitude that wife Kate got to spend so much time with his grandfather, particularly noting the 'kindness' he showed the duchess.

He also promised to 'never take for granted' the special memories his own children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have of their great-grandfather — accompanying the emotional post with a previously unseen picture of Prince Philip sitting in a carriage with a young Prince George.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson
Photo credit: Chris Jackson

The full statement from Prince William reads: 'My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family.

'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. 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.

'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 humour!'

Concluding the tribute by saying that although he will miss his grandfather, he and Kate will continue to supporting the Crown, as he would have wanted them to.

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

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The post has already garnered more than 500,000 likes on the social media platform, and comes a few days after the news of Prince Philip's peaceful passing in Windsor Castle, at the age of 99, was sadly announced by Buckingham Palace.

William's brother Prince Harry, arrived back in the UK earlier today for the funeral, but sadly Meghan — who is heavily pregnant with the couple’s second child — was unable to accompany the prince. A source close to the couple told BAZAAR.COM: 'The Duchess has made every effort to travel alongside The Duke, but unfortunately, she did not receive medical clearance from her physician'.

According to People, the Duke of Sussex travelled from California to Windsor two days after his grandfather's death was announced and will isolate for around five days before the funeral, which will take place this Saturday, April 17th, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Our thoughts are with the entire royal family at this difficult time.

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