Harry missed 32 calls from Royal Family about Prince Philip’s death


The Duke of Sussex writes that he eventually had a “heart-racing” talk with the Queen who broke the news.

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Prince Harry’s b0mbshell new memoir, Spare, finally hit the shelves in the UK on Tuesday, January 10, following days of controversy as allegations against the likes of Prince William and Queen Camilla made headlines. With “raw, unflinching honesty”, the Duke of Sussex gives insight into his life, including the most gutwrenching moments such as when he was told of the death of his grandfather, the person he said played a vital role in his very existence.

At the beginning of the memoir, written with the help of ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer, Harry recalls returning to Frogmore gardens, half a mile from Windsor Castle, after the funeral of Prince Philip on April 17, 2021.

On April 9 of that year, the longest-serving consort died aged 99, just two months before he was due to become a centurion.

Prince Harry told of how he had travelled back to what was once going to be his “forever home” 15 months after he and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping back from their roles as senior royals.

In the days before the funeral, the 38-year-old described how he had woken to 32 missed calls before having a “short, heart-racing” talk with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen and Harry looking serious

In his memoir, Harry reveals that it was the Queen who broke the sad news (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry with senior royals at the funeral

Prince Harry attended Philip’s funeral on April 17, 2021 (Image: Getty)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been asked “what’s next” amid comments by the Duke that he left things out of Spare as well as speculation over Meghan’s own memoir.

Royal biographer Christopher Andersen warned that he did not think the Sussexes were done yet and the Firm was not headed for “reconciliation” any time soon.

Harry writes that “Granny” had simply said on the phone: “Harry…Grandpa’s gone”.

Standing on the grounds of Frogmore gardens, waiting for his family, the Duke of Sussex thought of Philip as the gusts of wind reminded him of his “wintery demeanour” and his “icy sense of humour”.

One example of Philip’s wit Harry fondly recalls was his reaction to his beard which had caused “concern in the family” and “controversy in the press”.

When a friend had asked the Duke of Edinburgh his opinion of Harry’s facial hair, Philip had teased Harry for not having enough, chiding “that’s not a beard” with a “devilish grin” across his face.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip at the rugby

Prince Harry recalls his grandfather’s humour and the joke he had made about his beard (Image: Getty)

Philip walking with Harry at Diana's funeral

Prince Harry described Philip as one of his mother’s loudest advocates (Image: Getty)

Reference to Philip’s humour also featured in Harry’s tribute to his late grandfather, released shortly after his death.

Part of his statement published on Archewell Foundation website read: “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.”

Harry also thanked him for his dedication to the Queen — to whom he was married for 73 years — and for “always being himself”.

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Spare by Prince Harry will be released by publishers Penguin Random House on January 10, 2023.

The tell-all memoir, which was ghostwritten by Pulitzer Prize winner J R Moehringer, promises to be packed full of explosive revelations and insight into the Royal Family – and there’s even an audiobook read by the Duke of Sussex himself.

Philp and Diana alighting a yacht

Harry writes that Philip and Diana both embraced life (Image: Getty)

In his memoir, the Duke of Sussex also draws parallels between his grandfather and his mother, Princess Diana.

Both, he said, “embraced life” with Philip having many passions, from carriage driving to shooting.

Philip and Diana’s joie de vivre might explain why his grandfather was “such a fan” of his mother, who married King Charles in 1981 and later died in a car accident in 1997.

Harry wrote: “My grandfather was her loudest advocate. Some said he actually brokered my parents’ marriage. If so, an argument could be made that Grandpa was the Prime Cause in my world. But for him, I wouldn’t be here.”


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