Prince Philip still ‘thought extremely fondly’ of Harry despite Megxit – insider

Despite all the drama and heartache of the "Megxit" saga, Prince Philip still thought of his grandson Harry "extremely fondly" by the end of his life, an insider says.

The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on April 9 at the age of 99.

His death has prompted Harry to fly to England for the first time in over a year, holing up alone in Frogmore Cottage in accordance with government Covid-19 protocol before Saturday's funeral.

He did not get to see Philip in person during the last year of his life, having moved to California with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie just before the pandemic hit and international travel was heavily restricted.

However he regularly spoke with his grandfather over Zoom after leaving the country, and a royal insider claims there was nothing but warm feelings between them by the time Philip died.

"[Philip] and Harry had a very close relationship," the source told Us Weekly.

"Whilst they may not have been able to communicate during the final year or so of his life, Philip thought extremely fondly of his grandson and vice versa."

Another source told the magazine: "Harry feels guilty for not being there to say goodbye to Prince Philip in person."

Harry penned a tear-jerking tribute to his grandfather in the days after his death, saying: "My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour.

"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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Meanwhile Harry's relationships with other royals, most notably his father Charles and brother William, are believed to have suffered in the wake of what became known as Megxit: he and his wife's decision to step down from royal duties and relocate to the USA as private citizens.

The couple gave a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March in which Harry claimed Charles had "stopped taking my calls" since he left The Firm.

He also said his relationship with William was now one of "space".

It's perhaps fitting that the funeral for Philip, one of the few royals he was still close with, will be the occasion to bring him face-to-face with his family for the first time in over a year.

The reunion comes not long after Harry accused the Royal Family of neglect and racism in their treatment of him and Meghan, with the memory of his Oprah interview very fresh in everyone's minds.

It was reported earlier this week that Harry had reached out to several relatives, including Charles, William and his cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, to "park any disputes" that might be lingering before the ceremony.

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