Prince Harry honored the Queen last night for “dedicating his life to service” despite moving to America and leaving the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex paid tribute to His Majesty in the documentary Prince Philip: The Family Remembers, which aired on the BBC last night.
He was joined by more than 12 family members on the hour-long special show – but while some of the family members were filmed in royal palaces, Harry gave his interviews from America alone.
And after famously telling the Queen that “service is universal” when she stripped him and Meghan of their royal titles, the prince praised his grandmother for dedicating her life to just that.
Talking about his grandparents’ relationship, Harry said: “From my grandmother’s point of view, it’s not better to have someone like this on your shoulder for 73 years of marriage.
“They were the cutest couple together. I don’t know if anyone has ever described them as adorable.
“But for me to know their cheekiness, and behind what the world sees, you have two men who were deeply in love and both devoted their lives to service at a very young age.”
Harry and Meghan said earlier this year after the Queen was stripped of their royal titles: “May we all live a life of service.”
A statement issued by the Palace said the Queen has written to say it is “not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service”.
But after moving to America, Harry and Meghan hit back, saying: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Last night, Harry said the Queen and Philip had an “incredible bond” while his grandfather was “apologetic to him all the time”.
He added: “He was authentically himself. What you see is what you got with my grandfather and that’s what I love more than anything else.
“He was unexpectedly his all the time. No matter where he was, no matter what he was doing, no matter who he was talking to.”
Appreciation was echoed by other family members throughout the event, with Harry saying Philip had “a wonderful innings”.
“More than anything I miss her humor, but I miss her more for my grandmother because I know how strong she was with him there,” he said.
“I also know she’ll be fine without him.”
It’s a bond Harry shares with his wife Meghan, with the couple striving to be authentic while talking openly about their life experiences since stepping down from royal life.
Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, previously stated newsweek: “Harry’s strategy is to bring out William and be seen as the authentic prince on the global stage and it’s executed beautifully.
“They are very disciplined in this.”
Last night’s BBC special documentary featured interviews with The Queen and all of Prince Philip’s children, including The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex.
Some adult grandchildren were also interviewed, including Zara Phillips and princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as well as the Duchess of Cornwall.