Prince Harry Calls Prince Philip 'Master of the Barbecue, Legend of Banter' in Tribute

Prince Harry has released a touching tribute to his late grandfather Prince Philip following the monarch's death on Friday, praising his sense of humor and "seriously sharp wit."

The estranged member of the royal family is believed to be back in the U.K. for the funeral service.

"My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. 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," Prince Harry wrote in the statement.

"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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Britain's Prince Harry (L) speaks with his grandfather Prince Philip as they watch the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015. GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

"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!'"

He added: "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.'"

The U.K. is still officially mourning the Duke of Edinburgh who passed away at the age of 99. He had been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years and was the longest-serving consort in British history.

Prince Harry is attending the funeral without his wife Meghan Markle who is pregnant with their second child and was advised not to travel by her doctor.

Harry has not been in the U.K. since he and the Duchess of Sussex moved to California last year when he stepped down as a senior royal.

The Duke and Duchess posted a tribute to Philip on the website of their foundation Archewell on Friday.

"In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021," it reads.

"Thank you for your service... You will be greatly missed."

Harry's homecoming will be the first time he has seen his family since the explosive Oprah interview he and Meghan participated in last month, which included shocking allegations of racism against the royal family.

Currently in the U.K. funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people due to COVD-19 restrictions.