Prince Harry salutes as he stands alongside Prince Philip during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London 051115 CREDIT REUTERS ALAMY STOCK
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Prince Harry's Tribute To 'Legend Of Banter' Prince Philip

The Duke of Sussex succeeded his grandfather as Captain General Royal Marines in 2017.

Prince Harry salutes as he stands alongside Prince Philip during a visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London 051115 CREDIT REUTERS ALAMY STOCK

Prince Harry has paid tribute to his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, saying he was "a man of service, honour and great humour".

The Duke of Sussex, who is expected to attend Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday, issued a statement through his foundation Archewell, signing it off with the Royal Marines' motto, 'Per Mare, Per Terram', which translates as "By Sea, By Land".

Harry succeeded Prince Philip as Captain General Royal Marines in 2017, an appointment he has since returned to the Queen.

In his tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Sussex said: "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.

Prince Philip's final official duty as Captain General Royal Marines was to receive Major General Robert Magowan, Commandant General Royal Marines (left) and Major General Charles Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines Designate (right).

"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.

"'Per Mare, Per Terram.'"

Prince Harry, with the Duchess of Sussex, confirmed in February they would not be returning as "working" royals, after they decided to "step back as 'senior' members in January 2020.

The couple's decision meant Prince Harry was asked to return his military appointments to the Queen, including the role of Captain General Royal Marines.

Cover image: Reuters/Alamy.