A vintage photograph of Prince Philip on the cover of Paris Match in 1957 conjures up images of Prince Harry.
In the striking cover shot, which was previously posted on Instagram by Getty Images Royal Photographer Chris Jackson, Philip, who was around 36 years old at the time of the photo, is the spitting image of his grandson, also 36.
There’s no denying the two royals’ family resemblance, with their pale blue eyes, red beards, and mischievous smiles.
Their resemblance does not end with their rugged appearances. In 1939, Prince Philip enlisted in the Royal Navy and served during WWII. Prince Harry spent ten years in the army and was twice deployed to Afghanistan. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for active and retired military personnel through a variety of initiatives, including his paralympic-style Invictus Games.
In a photo from World War II, their likeness can also be seen. In a full beard and distinguished cap, Philip, who served as a naval officer, looked dashing. With a matching beard and his own military regalia, his grandson looked the princely part decades later.
Over the years, the two also shared a wicked sense of humour. Prince Harry’s jovial demeanor is on full display at all times. And, according to Harry, Prince Philip was “cheeky right to the end.”
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Harry’s grandfather, who “passed away peacefully” on Friday at the age of 99, has always had a special place in his heart.
Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Sussex released a statement on Monday, saying, “My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humour.” He was completely himself, with a razor-sharp wit, and he could hold any room’s attention thanks to his charisma—and also because you never knew what he’d say next.
“As the Monarch’s longest reigning consort, a decorated serviceman, a Prince, and a Duke, he will be remembered.” But, like many of you who have lost a loved one or a grandparent in the last year, he was my grandfather: master of the grill, legend of banter, and cheeky to the end.
“For Her Majesty, he has been a rock.” While I could go on, I know that right now, with a beer in his hand, he would say to all of us, ‘Oh do get on with it!’ The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that he would say to all of us, ‘Oh do get on with it!’
“So, Grandpa, on that note, thank you for your service, your devotion to Granny, and for always being yourself.” You will be sorely missed, but never forgotten—by the nation and the rest of the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (along with your future great-granddaughter) will always have a soft spot in our hearts for you.”
Harry, the older you get, the more you look like your grandfather when he was young…just like the older I get the more I look like my grandmother, Bernice AKA Polly. They both must have some strong genes….LOL
To piggyback off of of my last statement, I can’t wait to see how our combined heritages (genes) are expressed in Sophia. It should be interesting with my triracial heritage of being African, Irish, and Native American and yours being Anglo-Saxon. I really don’t care how her genes are expressed or what she looks like it should be interesting to see. Who knows…maybe she may have inherited my gift 😉