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Inside Prince Philip and Prince Harry’s Relationship

The British royal family have experienced ups and downs in their personal relationships. They might be family, but families fight every now and then, and the royals are no different. What about Prince Philip and Prince Harry? What kind of relationship do they have? Here’s a look inside Prince Philip and Prince Harry’s relationship.

Prince Philip isn’t seen with his grandchildren often

Prince Harry and Prince Philip | Eddie MulHolland/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Prince Philip | Eddie MulHolland/AFP/Getty Images

Now that Prince Philip is retired from official duties, he isn’t seen with his grandchildren as often. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t close. According to former royal reporter and author Philip Dampier, Prince Philip’s affection for his grandchildren is often seen at family functions. “You can see how close they are when the male members meet up at Christmas or other events,” he told Harper’s Bazaar. “It is touching to see and in contrast to his gruff public image.”

Prince Philip is close to Princes William and Harry

Prince Philip with grandchildren and great grandchildren |  James Devaney/WireImage
Prince Philip with grandchildren and great grandchildren | James Devaney/WireImage

Prince Philip has developed a close bond with both William and Harry. Although the Duke of Edinburgh doesn’t show much emotion, he has a very loving relationship with his grandchildren. In an interview  with Harper’s Bazaar, former royal correspondent Duncan Larcombe described Prince Philip’s relationship with William and Harry as “warm.” Here’s what Larcombe had to say:

What I’ve observed–mainly with Prince William and Prince Harry– is the relationship between grandparent and child is a very different one to the relationship between father and son or daughter. Philip is the epitome of stiff upper lip–he is never photographed crying or showing emotion publicly. But his relationship with the boys is much warmer.

Prince Harry took over a major role for Prince Philip

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth trust Prince Harry so much they chose him to fill one of the duke’s roles after he retired from royal duties in 2017. That year, Prince Harry was appointed Captain General Royal Marines. This is the position Prince Philip held since 1953 when he took over for Queen Elizabeth II’s late father, King George VI.

Prince Philip gives Prince Harry relationship advice

Prince Philip, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Philip, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Philip sometimes gives Prince Harry relationship advice. One piece of advice the gave his grandson involved Meghan Markle. According to reports, Prince Philip wasn’t too keen on the couple getting married. He was OK with them dating, but marriage was a different issue. According to The Sun, Prince Philip advised Prince Harry to think carefully about getting too serious with Meghan. A source told the publication Prince Philip gave his grandson this warning: “One steps out with actresses; one doesn’t marry them.” Despite a bumpy start, Prince Philip seems to have moved past his reservations about Meghan and Harry’s relationship.

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