​"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." | 22 Words

In the days following Prince Philip's funeral, it has emerged that Prince Harry wrote a "deeply personal letter" to his father, Prince Charles, that officially outlined his reasons for stepping back from the family.

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Now, it's been an undeniably difficult few weeks for the royal family.

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In the hours after Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9th, the future King of England, Prince Charles, spoke of the loss.

Speaking from his Highgrove home, Prince Charles said of his late father:

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"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that."

"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously."

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"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."

Following in his father's footsteps, Prince William penned a touching letter to his late grandfather.

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Sharing it on Instagram alongside a picture of Prince Philip and great-grandson, Prince George, William wrote:

"My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."

"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."

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"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 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," he continued.

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

From his Santa Barbara home, Prince Harry quickly followed suit, issuing a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.

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In the statement, titled "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," Harry wrote:

"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. 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."

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

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"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"

Of course, many questions were raised in regards to Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle's attendance at Prince Philip's funeral.

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As the couple now reside in California, many wondered whether the they would be able to attend the ceremony.

Well, Harry immediately flew back to the UK.

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He reportedly touched down at Heathrow airport before being rushed to Kensington Palace, where he was required to quarantine.

Meghan didn't join her husband, however, after doctors advised against her making a transatlantic flight.

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She is currently in her third trimester of pregnancy with their second child.

But, regardless of her absence, the funeral went ahead as planned on Saturday, April 17th.

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The funeral was a televised event and carried out in line with current UK COVID-19 restrictions.

Taking place at 3 o'clock at St George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, only thirty guests were allowed to attend.

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The Duke's body was transported from the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle to the church in a specially-modified Land Rover that he himself had once helped to design.

There was a military presence with personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, and RAF.

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With senior members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry, walking behind the car on the way to the church.

It was a beautiful send-off for the long-serving monarch...

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But now, all anyone can talk about is the alleged letter Prince Harry penned for his father, Prince Charles.

As stated earlier, it has since emerged that Harry, whose relationship with his father and brother has been strained since his move to California, wrote a "deeply personal" letter to Charles prior to the funeral.

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Prince Charles was famously "very hurt" by Harry and Meghan's decision to move and their controversial interview with Oprah, which was aired while Prince Philip was in the hospital, only fractured their relationship further.

Harry allegedly wrote the letter after Charles "refused to take his calls."

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Sources close to the family told The Mirror that Harry was "forced to write letters" after a "complete communication breakdown."

In his letter, Harry "outlined his reasons for leaving" his position as a senior royal in order to emigrate to California...

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Before stressing that he would continue to "respect the institution."

However, despite his efforts, the royal source explained that "things haven't gone Harry's way."

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"He wrote a deeply personal note to his dad to try and set things straight but tensions are still running high and things haven't exactly ironed out the way he had hoped."

The source concluded:

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"There had been a kind of unspoken agreement between everyone to park whatever has been on each person's mind, and solely concentrate on supporting the Queen ahead of Prince Philip's funeral. The feeling inside the camp was that it wasn't the time nor the place to go over things, especially at such an emotional time for everybody involved."

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