Prince Harry revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh had ordered him to “come back alive” before leaving for the war in Afghanistan.
Harry, 37, opened up about his dry sense of humor in a touching television tribute to his grandfather, who died in April at the age of 99.
Harry filmed his segment in California, separate from the rest of the royal family.
His brother William and dad Charles were among others missing Prince Philip in clips that surfaced today ahead of a BBC special on Wednesday.
Harry, in a white open-neck shirt, describes how his grandfather was always “outrageously”.
He says: “He was very critical of going to Afghanistan and he said, ‘Make sure you come back alive’.
Then, when I came back, there was no deeper level of discussion, and there was a case of, ‘Okay, you made it. how was it?’ [and] He was like that.
“He was very much a listener. He set the scene for you so you can share as much as you want but he’ll never check.
Harry, who was stripped of his military title after leaving royal duty to live in America with his wife Meghan, spent ten years in the military, rising to the rank of captain.
He made two tours to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2012/13.
A few days after Philip’s death, he issued a statement calling him “the master of the barbecue.”
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He flew to Windsor for the funeral and was later seen chatting with William despite his sibling’s rift.
William also shared a hilarious anecdote about his grandfather, who was the brains behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
On their way to a remote location on the Queen’s Balmoral estate, they meet a group of young walkers who are campaigning for their prize.
William recalls: “He stopped and closed his window and said, ‘Good morning. How are you doing?’
“To which the youngest youth turned back and said effectively, ‘Jog on Grandpa! In fact, William says, the response was much harsher than that.
But Philip closed the window again, turned to his grandson and said: “Today’s youth!”
Says William: “He found the whole exchange hilarious.”
‘Jog on Grandpa’
Harry, who took part in his first “family project” since leaving as a working royal, also praised the way he supported the Queen.
He says: “From my grandmother’s point of view, having someone like this on your shoulders for 73 years of marriage – couldn’t get better.”
Philip’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, reveals emotionally that she bonded with her great-grandson, August Philippe – despite reports he never met her.
She says: “I brought a little August to come and visit him. I told him that we would name him after him. It was such a lovely moment. We were very lucky to do that.”
Philip’s son Charles all recalls the ex-Navy Chief’s undeniable interest in the armed forces – and how he was not shy about giving his strong opinions to the generals.
He says: “Obviously the Navy was their main service. But he took an extreme interest in everything with the other two.
“He read and thought about it a lot and so if you know what I mean he definitely put a lot of generals and other people through his footsteps. He always thought of a better way to do it .
The documentary includes interviews filmed before and after his death.
William says: “He has always set a very good example of how we have to look after the welfare of the military and represent them and be there for them and understand all the trials and tribulations they go through.”
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers was originally conceived to mark his 100th birthday.
But he died 62 days before completing his century.
Documentary-makers have been inside Buckingham Palace this year to capture his studies, private office and library, just as he was during his seven decades at the center of royal life.
The Queen will not appear but has given permission for the use of footage from her personal cine-film collection.
In the clips, Philip is seen with his children in a sailing boat and roaming the Scottish Highlands. More than a dozen family members and former staff paid tribute to him.
Her son Prince Andrew, who is hiding at Balmoral to escape a sexual abuse trial, is among those to make a lengthy appearance on camera.
Others include Prince Edward and his daughter Lady Louise, who have since carried on the Duke’s love of carriage racing.
Princess Anne and children Zara and Peter Phillips and her second husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence also relive memories.
However, Meghan is not among those who have recorded their tributes.
Fans of Bikers and Fans at Barbecue
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Philip loved barbecue and the TV cooking show Harry Bikers, the royals told the documentary.
Charles says: “He turned barbecuing into an interesting art form. But I could never put out a fire or something terrible so he would say: “Go away!”
Philippe often cooked at Balmoral and grandson Wills says: “Every barbecue I’ve ever been to has been cooking there.
“He’s a small hand. He’s never had a case of food poisoning.”
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, tells the show: “I love talking to her about cooking.
“And they love cookery programs. Hairy Bikers, I think, is one of their favorites.”
- Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers airs Wednesday night at 9pm on BBC One.