Prince Harry's most telling comments about his relationships with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

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Prince Harry's most telling comments about his relationships with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
  • Prince Harry was close with both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip before they died.
  • He spoke highly of them both, praising his grandfather's humor and his grandmother's leadership.
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In 2012, Prince Harry said Queen Elizabeth was "very normal" as a grandmother.

In 2012, Prince Harry said Queen Elizabeth was "very normal" as a grandmother.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry in an Invictus Games promotional video in 2016.The Royal Family/YouTube

Prince Harry spoke with Katie Couric while on a royal tour in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

During the interview, Harry discussed what the Queen was like as his grandmother, telling Couric she was "very, very normal and very relaxed."

"She obviously takes a huge interest in what we all do, and that's her children as well as her grandchildren," he said. "She wants to know which charities we're supporting, how life is going, and our jobs and such. She actually has a vested interest in what we do."

Harry said Queen Elizabeth was the most "exceptional" person he had ever met in 2016.

Harry said Queen Elizabeth was the most "exceptional" person he had ever met in 2016.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry in 2016.WPA Pool / Pool

In 2016, Prince Harry gave a speech at Buckingham Palace for The Queen's Young Leaders Awards honoring his grandmother.

"I have been extremely fortunate to meet many exceptional people over the years, but none more so than Her Majesty The Queen," Harry said of his grandmother, according to People. "As the head of the Commonwealth, the Nation, the Armed Forces, and our family, I, like millions of others across the world, have been able to look to her for inspiration and guidance."

"The Queen, who assumed the challenge of leadership at such a young age, has shown us all the importance of selfless commitment and service," he went on to say. "She is the example I aspire to and the standard by which I will judge my contribution."

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Prince Harry spoke of his grandfather's authenticity for a 2021 BBC documentary.

Prince Harry spoke of his grandfather's authenticity for a 2021 BBC documentary.
Prince Harry with his grandfather, Prince Philip, in 2015.Phil Walter/Getty Images

The royal family reflected on Prince Philip's life for the BBC documentary "Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers," which aired in September 2021.

Prince Harry spoke about his grandfather's authenticity in the documentary.

"What you see is what you got with my grandfather," Prince Harry said. "He was unapologetically him."

In the same documentary, Harry spoke about the love between his grandparents.

In the same documentary, Harry spoke about the love between his grandparents.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth on November 18, 2007.Tim Graham/Getty Images

"The two of them together were just the most adorable couple," Harry said of the Queen and Philip in the documentary.

"To me, knowing the cheekiness of him and knowing that behind what the world sees you have two individuals who were very much in love and both, from a very young age, have dedicated their life to service — that is an incredible bond between two people," Harry said of their relationship.

The pair were married for over 70 years until Philip's death in April 2021. He was the oldest and longest-serving consort to a monarch in UK history.

"I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there," Harry said of his grandfather in the documentary. "I also know she will be okay without him."

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Prince Harry paid tribute to Prince Philip's "humor" and "service" after his death in April 2021.

Prince Harry paid tribute to Prince Philip's "humor" and "service" after his death in April 2021.
Prince Philip and Prince Harry in 2019.STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images

Philip died at 99 on April 9, 2021, at Windsor Castle.

Three days after his death, Harry shared a statement with Insider about his grandfather's death.

"My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor," the statement 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," Harry went on to say. "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!'" he said. "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."

Harry ended the statement with "Per Mare, Per Terram," a Latin phrase that means "By Sea, By Land," and is the motto of the Royal Marines, for which Prince Philip worked for many years.

And in his Netflix docuseries, "Harry & Meghan," Harry said he was "happy" for his grandfather when he died.

And in his Netflix docuseries, "Harry & Meghan," Harry said he was "happy" for his grandfather when he died.
Prince Harry and Prince Philip in 2004.Tim Graham / Contributor / Getty Images

Volume II of the docuseries followed Harry and Meghan Markle's step back from the royal family, including Prince Philip's 2021 death in episode six.

"I was actually really happy for my grandfather," Harry said of his grandfather's death in the episode. "He went quietly. He went peacefully. He went happily."

Harry's comments appeared to reference a comment Prince Philip made to The Telegraph in 2000. He said he "couldn't imagine anything worse" than turning 100 and said he had "no desire whatsoever" to reach the age.

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Harry said he and the Queen had a "special relationship" in April 2022.

Harry said he and the Queen had a "special relationship" in April 2022.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry in 2015.Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty

During a trip to Europe for the Invictus Games in April 2022, Harry and Meghan privately visited the Queen on April 14, as a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to Insider at the time.

Harry opened up about the visit in an exclusive interview with NBC News' "Today" show.

"Being with her, it was great, it was just so nice to see her," Harry said of seeing his grandmother. "She's on great form. She's always got a great sense of humor with me, and I'm just making sure that she's, you know, protected, and got the right people around her."

"We have a really special relationship," he added. "We talk about things that she can't talk about with anybody else."

Prince Harry praised Queen Elizabeth's legacy after her death in September 2022.

Prince Harry praised Queen Elizabeth's legacy after her death in September 2022.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry during Royal Ascot in 2003.Anwar Hussein / Contributor / Getty Images

Prince Harry released a statement about the Queen on his and Meghan's Archewell website after her death.

"In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen — and in mourning her loss— we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty," the statement said.

"She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy," the statement went on to say. "Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: 'Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.'"

"Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren," it went on to say.

"I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between," he added. "You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III."

"Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile," Harry said. "We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."

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Harry also emphasized his respect for his grandmother in Netflix's "Harry & Meghan."

Harry also emphasized his respect for his grandmother in Netflix's "Harry & Meghan."
Prince Harry in "Harry & Meghan" on Netflix.Netflix

As he and Meghan discussed their step back from the royal family in the docuseries, which premiered in December 2022, Harry addressed speculation that he "blindsided" the Queen when he and Meghan announced they were stepping back as senior royals.

"This idea that I supposedly blindsided my grandmother just would never happen," Harry said. "I have so much respect for her."

In the series, Harry and Meghan said their move away from the UK was "years in the making" and that they proposed moving to South Africa, New Zealand, and Canada before announcing their step back.