Since Prince Harry made his controversial decision last year to step down from his royal duties and move to the US, his relationship with his family has broken down — and very publicly at that. From an Oprah Winfrey tell-all and a celebrity podcast appearance to his own AppleTV+ docuseries, Harry has chosen to air his grievances with the royals for the entire world to hear and dissect. That has included accusations that the royals are racist and sharp criticism of his father, Prince Charles, and grandfather, Prince Philip, over their parenting. But it seems in the end, Philip didn’t hold a grudge, as Harry was reportedly included in his will.
Details about the late Duke of Edinburgh’s will have surfaced.
According to a report from the Sun, Philip left behind an estimated $42 million estate when he died on April 9 at the age of 99. Even though the majority of his fortune is expected to go to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, his grandchildren will each receive an inheritance — even Harry.
Despite Harry’s scathing criticism of his family, Philip would never cut off his grandchild.
"Philip was not the sort of character to punish a grandson for misbehaving. He was a very fair, even-handed, and lovely man. Never held a grudge," a royal insider told the UK newspaper.
Meanwhile, his four children — Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew — have reportedly been told they can "take what they want" from his extensive book collection, the source added. (He has some 13,000 titles in his library at Buckingham Palace.)
Philip also left generous sums of money to three of his close aides.
In a move that’s considered unconventional for a royal, Philip rewarded "the three loyal men who looked after him," especially in his final years. "These include his private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell; his page, William Henderson; and his valet, Stephen Niedojadlo," the Sun source said.
Bakewell would frequently stand in for Philip when he couldn’t make an engagement, and Henderson was with him at Windsor Castle during his last two days of life. All three men took part in the procession at Philip’s April 17 funeral.
Harry recently accused his grandfather and father of perpetuating a cycle of "genetic pain and suffering."
During a chat with Dax Shepard on the actor’s Armchair Expert podcast, Harry opened up about his difficult childhood, saying he experienced a lot of "pain and suffering" growing up in the royal family. He said his father "treated me the way he was treated (as a child)," an implicit dig at Philip’s parenting style.
He went on to explain that there is a negative cycle in his family that he hopes to break with his own children — and in saying that, he appeared to criticize Charles and Philip for not breaking the pattern themselves, instead carrying it forward into new generations.
"As parents, we should try and make sure we’re doing the most we can. Like, ‘That happened to me. I’m gonna make sure that doesn’t happen to you,’" Harry explained. "Isn’t life about breaking the cycle?"
As details about the will are being made public, a new report claims Harry slept through the call about his grandfather’s death.
To be fair, he was in a different time zone and thousands of miles away, but evidently, a representative from the US embassy called Harry at 3 a.m. California time to tell him the news, and the calls repeatedly went unanswered, according to TMZ.
Finally, the embassy rep contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and requested that an officer get the prince to call back. An officer was dispatched to the Sussexes’ $14.6 million Montecito estate. Guess Harry won’t be putting his phone on silent again — especially with a pregnant wife and a baby on the way!