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Britain's Prince William, Harry issue statements honoring late Prince Philip

Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his brother and best man Prince William arrive for the royal wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, on May 19, 2018. File Photo by Lauren Hurley/UPI/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his brother and best man Prince William arrive for the royal wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, on May 19, 2018. File Photo by Lauren Hurley/UPI/Pool | License Photo

April 12 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry on Monday addressed the death of Prince Philip in separate statements praising their grandfather.

Prince William, second in line to the British throne after his father Prince Charles, said his grandfather's life was defined by service to the country, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family.

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"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation," William said in his statement.

"Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support the queen in the years ahead.

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"I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."

Prince William added that Philip was a constant presence in his adult life through times good and bad.

"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," he said. "I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humor."

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Prince Harry, William's younger brother, remembered Philip as 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 said in a statement.

Harry credits Prince Philip for being "a rock" for the queen during their 73 years of marriage.

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

"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!'"

Prince Philip died on Friday at the age of 99.

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Queen Elizabeth II ride in an open carriage with Prince Philip at the start of the Royal Ascot for the Ascot, England horse races on June 19, 1984. File Photo by Rob Taggart/UPI | License Photo

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