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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have issued an official statement following the death of Prince Philip.

Scroll on to hear what they had to say...

Now, as you will all know, it was announced this morning that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had sadly died.

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He was ninety-nine-years-old.

Though it was no secret that the royal had been struggling with his health for quite some time...

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And had undergone many surgeries over the years.

He had previously dealt with complications such as a blocked coronary artery and a bladder infection just days before his ninety-second birthday...

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Resulting in the Duke undergoing exploratory abdominal surgery, which he swiftly recovered from.

And in 2015, he retired from public engagements entirely after becoming the longest-standing royal consort in British history.

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But soon after, he fell victim to another health issue which involved hip replacement surgery.

Since then, he had been on a tragically rocky path.

But things seemed to take a turn for the worst for the ninety-nine-year-old royal this year.

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On the evening of February 16th, Prince Philip was rushed to hospital after feeling "unwell."

The Sun reported that the royal would be spending "a few days" there.

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But it was also reported that he was in "good spirits" after being taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London.

The Duke made a brief recovery...

But since then, things were quick to get worse.

His health deteriorated rapidly...

And today, we have received the news we were all dreading.

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that Prince Phillip had tragically passed away at the age of ninety-nine.

He will be greatly missed by all those who know and love the royal family.

Since the tragic news broke, the tributes have been flooding in from fans, celebrities, and politicians alike.

In their own statement, the royal family wrote:

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."

But what about Prince Philip's grandson, Prince Harry?

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As you will all be aware, Harry is currently residing in California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie, so, therefore, will be dealing with the loss thousands of miles away from his family.

Almost immediately after Prince Phillip's death was announced, it was confirmed that Harry is preparing to return to the UK for the first time since leaving royal duties.

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Though it has not yet been confirmed whether Meghan will be joining him.

It is known that Harry had got on tremendously with his grandfather...

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However, thanks to his move, he hadn't seen him in over a year.

But it then emerged that, heartbreakingly, Harry had been planning on seeing his grandfather very soon...

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In June, to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Royal expert, Patricia Treble, told CTV News last month that she believed Harry would soon return to visit Philip.

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She said:

"He is going to be turning 100 in June, there is not going to be a huge celebration, he is not one to do fancy stuff. But the expectation was that the whole family, including Harry who would come back from California where he lives, would all celebrate together.

"The hope is that it can now go ahead."

But now, in the hours following Prince Philip's death, Prince Harry and Meghan have broken their silence.

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From their California home, they have released an official statement.

On the home page of the Archewell Foundation website, a brief statement read:

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"In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed."

Rest in peace, Prince Philip.