Whereas he didn’t always see eye to eye with Charles, Philip not fairly understanding his eldest son’s extra delicate, cerebral nature, later in life he was a doting grandfather, his love of sports activities and the outside suiting him nicely when it got here to bonding with the following era.

“I feel Grandpa is unbelievable,” Princess Eugenie stated within the 2016 documentary Our Queen at Ninety. “He actually is robust and constant. He is been there for all these years, and I feel he is the rock, you recognize, for all of us.”

When Matt Smith requested William if he had any recommendation on how greatest to method enjoying the patriarch in The Crown, having run into the prince at a charity polo match, William had one phrase for the actor. “‘Legend!'” Smith told Hello! in 2016. “And he is proper, Philip was a little bit of a rock star, actually.”

Philip was the one who acquired 14-year-old William to comply with stroll behind Princess Diana‘s casket through the funeral procession for the teenager’s mom in 1997. “In the event you do not stroll, chances are you’ll remorse it later,” he suggested his grandson, who was understandably reluctant. “I feel it is best to do it,” Philip inspired. “If I stroll, will you stroll with me?”

And so William went to—as he put it years later—”one other stage of responsibility” in taking that interminable 13-minute stroll from St. James’s Palace to Westminster Abbey, alongside along with his brother, father, grandfather and uncle Earl Charles Spencer.