Meghan Markle, Archie and unborn daughter 'will always hold special place for Prince Philip in their hearts', Harry says

PRINCE Harry has said Meghan, baby Archie and the couple's unborn daughter will "always hold a special place for Prince Philip in their hearts".

The Duke of Sussex paid a touching tribute to his grandfather from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor after flying back to the UK.

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It comes shortly after Prince William hailed "extraordinary" Philip – saying his children will miss their "mischievous" great-grandfather.

The Duke of Sussex was seen getting off a British Airways flight from Los Angeles that arrived at Heathrow at 1.15pm on Sunday.

He today paid tribute to his grandfather's seven decades of service after flying straight from the US for this Saturday's funeral.

Harry, 36, said in a statement: "Meghan, Archie and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."

It comes as:

  • Prince Harry remembered his Prince Philip as a "legend of banter" after returning to the UK for his grandfather's funeral
  • Prince William hailed the "extraordinary" duke and shared a sweet photo of son George in an emotional tribute to Philip
  • Kate and Wills vowed to 'get on with the job' like the Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted
  • Boris Johnson paid tribute to Prince Philip's 'unfailing dedication'
  • The Queen's support network after her husband's death was revealed

Harry is staying at Frogmore, the U.K. home he shared with Meghan Markle “where is following COVID-19 protocols”, a spokesman for the Sussexes said.

Meghan, 39, has remained in Los Angeles. Sources close to the couple said the Duchess wanted to join her husband but was advised against travelling by her doctor as she is pregnant with their second child.

It marks Prince Harry's first visit to the UK since March – and comes as the Royal Family ordered a truce over the contents of his explosive Oprah Winfrey interview to focus on honouring Prince Philip.

In a heartfelt personal tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Harry said Philip was "cheeky 'til the end" and "master of the barbecue".

In a statement released today, Harry said: "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."

Harry's statement was signed off with the motto from The Royal Marines – Per Mare, Per Terram.

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