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Prince Philip helped grandson Prince William prepare for the crown by setting up meetings with the Queen, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, aged 99, after being discharged from hospital weeks earlier.
Since then, a raft of tributes have been paid and royal commentators have underlined his significant role within the monarchy.
Historian Robert Lacey, who published Battle of Brothers last year, told PEOPLE: "Philip was crucial in helping coach William as a future King.
"It was Philip's idea to set up the lunches between William and his grandmother.
"When the time came for the Queen to talk business with William, Philip would quietly excuse himself because he didn't feel that the constitutional side of the Queen's job was something he wanted to interfere in."
During Philip’s funeral, William walked behind the coffin alongside his brother Prince Harry – the first time they had been pictured in public together since March 2020.
However, the brothers were separated by their cousins Peter Philipps.
Lacey added: "The procession choreography, in retrospect, was a mistake.
"As we saw, they could have walked side-by-side quite happily after all.
"What pleased me afterward was that it all seemed so totally natural, and they drifted to each other like the old days."
The Duke of Sussex made a touching tribute to his late grandfather in a speech for World Earth Day on Thursday, April 22.
In a statement accompanying a video released today (April 22), Harry praised his grandfather’s work in conservation and said he planned to follow in his footsteps.
"As we now begin to move towards an era of global recovery and regeneration, it's critical that we continue to look at the strengthening and protecting of biodiversity, not just as a value we hold, but as a responsibility that is vital to our way of life.
"On this Earth Day, I reflect on the generations of conservation champions – including my late grandfather – and feel proud and energised to continue doing my part in this legacy.
"This year especially, I join the incredible African Parks team and communities around the world in shared dedication to our environment and collective well-being."
Harry has since flown back to the US to be with his pregnant wife Meghan Markle, and missed the Queen's birthday on Wednesday, April 21.
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Royal author Omid Scobie, who wrote Harry and Meghan's biography Finding Freedom, claims the duke met Her Majesty twice during his visit.
- Prince Philip
- Prince William
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