Social media users have branded Prince Harry ‘insincere’ after he joined the royal family in paying tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh in last night’s BBC documentary and labelled the Queen and Prince Philip ‘the most adorable couple’.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, who is joining wife Meghan Markle in New York tomorrow for their first public trip since moving to California, made the remarks about his grandparents in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers.
Featuring comments from all of the Queen, 95, and Prince Philip’s children, as well as the duke’s adult grandchildren, the film marked the first ‘family project’ since Harry quit royal duties and moved to America.
Interviews were filmed before and after Prince Philip’s death in April, and were conducted separately, with Harry’s tribute filmed in the US where he lives with Meghan and their two children Archie, two, and three-month-old Lilibet.
However, some viewers weren’t impressed with the Duke of Sussex’s appearance in the tribute programme after he ‘trashed his upbringing, his family and his country’ in recent interviews.
Prince Harry (pictured) labelled the Queen and Prince Philip ‘the most adorable couple’ in last night’s BBC documentary remembering the late Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Sussex, 37, who is joining wife Meghan Markle in New York tomorrow for their first public trip since moving to California, made the remarks about his grandparents (pictured) in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers
The Duke of Sussex said poignantly in the show: ‘More than anything I miss his sense of humour. But I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there. I also know she will be ok without him. ‘
He added: ‘The two of them together were just the most adorable couple. 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.’
But some social media users were surprised to see Prince Harry included in the tribute programme after he has been vocal about what he called the ‘total neglect’ of the Royal Family since his exit from the Firm in March 2020.
In several TV appearances, including his bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview with wife Meghan and The Me You Can’t See series on mental health for Apple TV+, the former royal has shared numerous shocking accusations.
He suggested his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ when it came to the media because of his own negative experiences.
Social media users branded Prince Harry ‘insincere’ after he joined the royal family in paying tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh
The prince then claimed the Royal Family treated Meghan with ‘total neglect’ while she was suicidal and said they had felt ‘bullied into silence’.
He also accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife in the run-up to the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah.
Meanwhile, he has announced his upcoming memoir, promising to give an ‘accurate and wholly truthful’ account of his life, writing as ‘the man he has become.’
But Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, warned that Princess Diana’s youngest son could say ‘inappropriate things’ about the Firm in his book, with terrible consequences for Prince William, 39, the Express reported.
Reaction: Not all viewers took issue with Prince Harry appearing in the documentary, with one Twitter user writing ‘he has done absolutely nothing wrong’.
Featuring comments from all of the Queen, 95, and Prince Philip’s children, as well as the duke’s adult grandchildren, the film marked the first ‘family project’ since Harry (pictured) quit royal duties and moved to America
During last night’s documentary, Harry was seen looking through flight logs from his grandfather – a qualified pilot – from a 1983 trip to Africa.
Harry said: ‘He was doing all the flying himself, or certainly chunks of it. When you’re flying, you don’t get an easy pass just for being the Duke of Edinburgh. You very much have to put in the work and prove your skill.
‘But also he had an amazing privilege to get behind the controls and fly aircraft all around the world.
‘I can just imagine my grandmother sitting in the back of a plane having a cup of tea, going through turbulence and going “Oh Philip! What are you doing?”‘
Interviews were filmed before and after Prince Philip’s death in April, and were conducted separately, with Harry’s tribute filmed in the US where he lives with Meghan and their two children Archie, two, and three-month-old Lilibet. Pictured, Harry and Philip in 2014
Elsewhere, the Duke of Sussex also spoke for the first time about how the Duke of Edinburgh gave him the space to talk about serving in Afghanistan.
Zara Tindall and Prince Philip shared a special moment together at London 2012
Zara Tindall revealed she has particularly fond memories of the Duke while she was competing in the London 2012 Olympics.
She said: ‘I have a huge fond memory of him when he came to the Olympics in London.
‘He came down to the stables afterwards and even though it isn’t his specialist sport, the understanding of what it took to get an animal to perform for you…
‘Obviously he had a huge passion for horses. He played polo before I remember and then went to driving and he was involved with the evolving of the sport.’
Meanwhile her elder brother Peter joked it was ‘probably quite a proud moment for him too.’
Zara’s silver medal was presented by her mother, Princess Anne, who has also competed in equestrian events at the Olympics.
She followed in the success of her father, Captain Mark Phillips, who was a member of Britain’s last gold-winning team in the event – at the Munich Olympics of 1972.
Harry was twice deployed to Helmand province during the UK’s military operations, and he described in the BBC tribute programme how his grandfather would ‘never probe’ but listen.
Harry said: ‘Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter of fact and just said, “Make sure you come back alive”… then when I came back, there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of, “Well you made it. How was it?” That’s how he was.
‘He was very much a listener, he sort of set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share but he would never probe.’
Meanwhile, in the programme, William revealed how the Duke of Edinburgh would get his grandchildren to hold a tube of mustard in their hands and then take the lid off when they were BBQ-ing at Balmoral.
William laughingly recalled: ‘He would squish your hands together to fire the mustard up into the ceiling.
‘He used to get into a lot of trouble with my grandmother for covering most of the places where we had lunch with mustard on the ceiling.’
His cousin, Peter Phillips, added that the marks are still there.
Interviews began in early 2021 to celebrate Philip’s 100th birthday in June, but the programme has since become a moving tribute to the Queen’s husband after he slipped away peacefully on April 9, two months before his big day.
All of those interviewed admitted that Philip was a man of his generation and upbringing – and didn’t suffer fools gladly.
Prince Charles described how his father would watching him play football as a child and shout from the sidelines: ‘Stop scratching your backside and do something!’
But all agreed that he was a man like no other and one that has left a huge void in their lives.
William added: ‘He’s always been the heart of the family and he’s always been a huge presence behind everything we have done, really.
‘It was very much a man world’s back then, so for a man to give up his career to support a woman, albeit the Queen, was still quite a big step.’