Monday evening UK news briefing: Prince Harry's tribute to 'legend of banter' grandfather Prince Philip

Chris Price
·6-min read
Your evening briefing from the Telegraph
Your evening briefing from the Telegraph

Prince Harry has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh as a "legend of banter" in a highly personal statement on his grandfather's death.

Describing Prince Philip as "a man of service, honour and great humour", the 36-year-old said the Duke had been "cheeky right 'til the end".

His informal tone, paying homage to the "master of the barbecue", came shortly after the Duke of Cambridge said he and the Duchess will "get on with the job" as the Duke of Edinburgh would have wished.

Prince William's statement praised Prince Philip's "century of life defined by service" and was accompanied by a touching photograph of an infant Prince George, below, sitting alongside his great-grandfather for a carriage drive.

MPs have also been paying tribute in Parliament and it emerged the Queen will resume her full workload, including next month's State Opening of Parliament, after just two weeks in mourning.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, with Prince George - Duchess of Cambridge
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, with Prince George - Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral will be the first occasion that marks Prince Harry's change of status within the Royal family.

The Duke of Sussex may have to wear a suit, despite having served as an Army officer, while it is believed the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Earl of Wessex will attend the funeral in military uniform.

The funeral plans for Prince Philip will go ahead in full whatever the weather, it is understood, with no Plan B for rain or snow.

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