The Courier-Mail

Prince William’s tribute to ‘Grandpa’

- STEPHEN DRILL

PRINCE William said he will “miss my Grandpa” in his first statement following Prince Philip’s death.

“My grandfathe­r’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonweal­th, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” Prince William (inset) said.

“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 greatgrand­pa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievou­s sense of humour!

“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.”

Meanwhile, shared grief over the Duke of Edinburgh’s death could be an ideal opportunit­y to mend any rifts within the royal family after Prince Harry’s move to the US, former British prime minister Sir John Major said.

Sir John told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 he agreed with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, who said that many families “gather and get over tension and broken relationsh­ips” at funerals.

“I’m sure he is right,” Sir John, 78, said.

“I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist.”

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