Prince Harry ‘found out Philip had died just an hour before public announcement’

Prince Harry reportedly found out Prince Philip had died just 60 minutes before the news was broken to the British public.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away aged 99 at Windsor Castle on the morning of April 9 while Harry and Meghan Markle were asleep in California.

Officials at the US Embassy made several attempts to contact Harry when he was asleep at around 3am, after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away, it is claimed.

Police were reportedly dispatched to Prince Harry's home to make sure he did not find out about Prince Philip's death on the news due to the time difference.

Buckingham Palace released an official statement at midday in the UK – 4am in Los Angeles.

When there was no answer from the Duke of Sussex, police from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the gates of his mansion in Montecito, TMZ reports.

They told him to contact the embassy immediately.

Harry paid tribute to his grandfather shortly after his death, describing him as “a man of service, honour and great humour".

In a statement issued through his foundation Archewell, he added: "He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.

"But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.

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“He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’"

A Palace source said: “Regardless of truth or otherwise, we would not comment on this as it is a personal and private matter which I don’t believe is any way in the public interest to print.

"How someone is told of the passing of a loved one is not really a suitable matter for conjecture or speculation. It is private.”

Representatives for the Sussexes have been contacted for a comment.

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