The unexpected way Prince Harry found out about Prince Philip's death

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

A spokesperson from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office has revealed exactly how Prince Harry found out that his grandfather, Prince Philip had died.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the source explained that an officer was sent to inform Harry of the sad news on 9th April before it became public knowledge.

The newspaper explains that Buckingham Palace alerted the US embassy in London, which then asked the Sheriff's office to ensure the news reached the Duke of Sussex as quickly as possible.

'We did go to the house on the 9th [April] at 3am on the request of Buckingham Palace,' the spokesperson said. 'The call note says it was a call for service from the US embassy in London.'

An officer was then sent to the Sussexes’ gated home in Montecito, around 10 miles away, to deliver the news.

It is not known whether family members tried to call him to break the news before police were alerted, however one source claims that Harry and Meghan slept through attempted phone calls as it was the middle of the night in California.

The Duke of Sussex released an endearing statement about his late grandfather, before flying back to Britain for Philip's funeral on 17th April. The statement read:

'My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. 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.

'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.

'He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, "Oh do get on with it!"

'So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your 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.

The heartfelt message was rounded off with, 'Per Mare, Per Terram,' - which means 'By Sea, By Land' in Latin.

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