How Prince Philip Helped Prince Harry Talk About His Military Career

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How Prince Philip Helped Prince Harry Talk About His Military Career

During the BBC documentary, “Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers,” Prince Harry revealed that he used to have private and emotional conversations with his grandfather about his time serving in Afghanistan. Describing the Duke of Edinburgh as someone who was very blunt in nature, Harry said (via Newsweek), “What you see is what you got with my grandfather.”

The one thing that Harry had in common with his grandfather is they were both active servicemen. The Duke of Sussex spent two tours in Afghanistan while Prince Philip reportedly saved the crew on his ship when he thwarted the plans of a Luftwaffe bomber during World War II, according to Mirror. Recalling one of the conversations he had with Philip, Harry said, “Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter-of-fact and just said, ‘Make sure you come back alive’… then when I came back, there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of, ‘Well you made it. How was it?'” 

Philips’ straightforwardness helped Harry more easily speak about his war experience. “That’s how he was,” Harry agreed. “He was very much a listener, he sort of set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share but he would never probe.” Harry said that he didn’t mind his grandfather closing his laptop abruptly after they had called. Harry may not appreciate that level of directness. 

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