Prince Harry pays tribute to Philip vital royal skill ‘Let you find space to air problems’

Prince Harry saw Philip as a 'facilitator for problems' says Bond

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Prince Harry and the Royal Family set aside their differences to come together in a touching tribute to the late Prince Philip following his death in April. The Duke of Sussex opened up about his relationship with his grandfather, praising him for his listening skills. Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond noted the late Duke of Edinburgh built up a reputation as a “sounding board” for the Royal Family and was always available to discuss any problem without pressuring his relatives to discuss them.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ms Bond said: “Prince Philip was a man they would go to with their problems. He was a sounding boards.

“As Prince Harry says in the documentary, he was a fantastic listener but he didn’t probe. He didn’t interrogate you, he let you find your own space to air your problems and let you work your way through your problems.

“He was a facilitator in that. I don’t think he would’ve probed deeply in the turmoil of war.

“He was a military man, he knew, he fought and seen action in the Second World War.”

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She added: “Perhaps he thought Prince Harry would reveal as much as he wanted to in his own time.”

Speaking to BBC documentary ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’, Prince Harry revealed the Duke of Edinburgh’s penchant for listening as he discussed his grandfather’s reaction to news he would be deploying to Afghanistan.

Prince 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?’ That’s how he was.

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“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.”

In the latest teaser clip of the documentary, Philip’s children and grandchildren spoke with affection about the man who was a central figure in their lives.

The Duke’s love of barbecuing is well known and he even tasked a Sandringham engineer with building him a trailer to hold his barbecuing kit.

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The Prince of Wales said about his father: “He adored barbecuing and he turned that into an interesting art form. And if I ever tried to do it, he…I could never get the fire to light or something ghastly so (he’d say): ‘Go away!'”

Philip’s cooking skills were praised by his grandson the Duke of Cambridge, who said: “Every barbecue that I’ve ever been on, the Duke of Edinburgh has been there cooking… he’s definitely a dab hand at the barbecue.

“I can safely say there’s never been a case of food poisoning in the family that’s attributed to the Duke of Edinburgh.”

The Countess of Wessex added: “Cooking is something that I love talking to him about. And he loves watching cookery programmes. Hairy Bikers, I think is one of his favourites.”

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