Royal experts believe Philip’s death could help heal the rifts that have developed between the brothers since Harry’s decision to step back from royal duties and start a new life in the US with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison.
And the princes’ remarks in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last Friday at the age of 99, suggest they have managed to maintain a brotherly closeness in spite of their recent differences.
Harry, who is understood to have flown into the UK from Los Angeles last night, said: “I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!'”
His comments echoed those of Prince William who said: “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job.”
In a statement issued through his Archewell foundation, Harry said: “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.
“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’
“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself.
“You will be sorely missed, but always remembered by the nation and the world.
“Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts. ‘Per Mare, Per Terram.'”