Prince Harry and Meghan Markle slammed over ‘appalling’ tribute to Prince Philip after his death
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have faced backlash over their tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his tragic death on Friday 9 April.
The royal couple, who are expecting their second child together, took to the website of their non-profit organisation Archewell to share a note in honour of Prince Philip.
It reads: "In loving memory off His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021 [sic]
"Thank you for your service… You will be greatly missed."
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Prince Harry, 36, and his 39 year old wife have removed all other information from their website for the time being.
Upon seeing the message plastered across news sites, fierce Royal fans took to social media platform Twitter to hit out at the pair.
One person wrote: "“Thank you for your service” is rather business like. Where is the emotion? This was Harry’s Grandfather." [sic]
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Another said: "This is an appalling tribute..your grandfather has just passed and you state "thank you for your service" #stunned". [sic]
A third said they thought there was "no compassion" in the tribute as they chimed: "They have enough to say normally spilling word salads and over emotional personal narratives and this !!!! ???? No soul no compassion". [sic]
While a third compared their note to that of former footballer David Beckham, 45, who shared a series of snaps of the Prince Philip, which he captioned: "My thoughts and sympathies go to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family as we join them to mourn the loss of Prince Philip. A public figure to the world but first a loving husband, father and grandfather.
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"Today is a day to remember his life and incredible service to Britain and around the world. Rest In Peace Your Highness".
The fan commented: "Bloody hell, David Beckham managed more emotion in his Instagram post. Cooperate or what. These two really do think they’re the stars of the show don’t they. Who are they to even thank him for his service. They’re not the Queen." [sic]
However, others were adamant that everyone grieves in their own way and that people shouldn't be too quick to judge.
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"For all those people who are criticizing their statement, we all grieve differently, leave them alone," one person wrote.
A second said: "This is not enough, anything more would be too much. They can't win. They are honoring his life of service. What more is needed considering he lived to see 99 years. I send my Condolences," [sic] followed by a praying hands emoji and a broken heart emoji.
While a third added: "It's a great statement, Prince Philip took pride as a naval officer and Harry knew that. Also obviously they won't want to overshadow the situation by posting something highly emotional."
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