The dash to tell Harry Philip had died: Sheriffs were “ sent to the £ 11 million California house to warn him after calls from the U.S. embassy in London at 3am failed to wake him up ”
- Embassy staff are said to have asked police to send an officer to Duke’s £ 11 million house
- They reportedly called the Santa Barbara police after failing to wake Harry by phone
- Police ‘visited Harry’s house and spoke to someone who told him to call the embassy’
- This is how Harry learned of grandfather’s death, according to the US website TMZ
Police visited Prince Harry’s home in the middle of the night to tell him to call the US Embassy in London after his grandfather Prince Philip died, it was claimed today.
Embassy officials are said to have asked the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office to send an officer to Harry’s house after failing to wake him up by phone at 3 a.m. on April 9.
The plan is said to have been formed after the Duke of Sussex failed to answer his phone at his £ 11 million mansion in Montecito, California, despite repeated attempts.
Police then visited Harry’s house and spoke to someone who told him to urgently call the embassy – and that’s how he learned of his grandfather’s death, reported TMZ.
The death of the Duke of Edinburgh was announced by Buckingham Palace in a statement at noon UK time, which is eight hours earlier than California, where it was 4am.
Prince Harry walks during Prince Philip’s funeral procession at Windsor Castle on April 17
Santa Barbara police officers were sent to Harry’s £ 11 million mansion in Montecito, California
MailOnline has reached out to Buckingham Palace, the US Embassy in London, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the Sussexes spokesperson for comment.
In a poignant tribute to his grandfather last month, Harry summed up Philip as a ‘master of the barbecue, legend of banter and brutal to the end’.
He said he was “a man of service, honor, and great humor,” adding, “I know that right now, beer in hand, he would say to all of us,” Oh, go on. ” ‘
It was a source of immense pride for Harry to take over Philip’s role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, and of great sadness when the Queen resigned the honorary position after resigning as senior working royal.
The Duke of Sussex is walking with other members of the royal family at Philip’s funeral last month
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (photo file) received a call from officials at the United States Embassy
He signed his tribute to Philip with the marine motto ‘Per Mare Per Terram’, which means ‘by sea, by land’.
On official engagement, William and Harry were often captured side by side with Philip, usually laughing at something the Duke had said.
Both enjoyed his witty and entertaining company and greatly admired his decades of devotion to duty and the loyal support he showed the queen.
William and Harry spent childhood summers enjoying barbecues that Philip cooked at Balmoral, as well as shooting, hunting and fishing on the Aberdeenshire estate.
Prince Harry with Prince Philip at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in Windsor in May 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a CBS broadcast on March 7
Harry said Philip had a ‘seriously sharp wit and could hold the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what he would say next’.
It is not known what Philip made of the Megxit chaos last year when Harry retired as a senior working royal for a new life in the US with the Duchess of Sussex.
It is also not known whether he was aware of or what he made of the fallout from the Sussexes’ Oprah interview in which they accused the royal family of racism.
Harry attended Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle and was later seen against the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, despite the known rift between the brothers.