Prince Harry says Windsor Castle is a ‘lonely place’ without Queen Elizabeth

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak to members of the public at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds gather and tributes at the gates of Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Prince Harry is missing his grandmother.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, connected with the crowd during a surprise stroll through Windsor Castle on Saturday following the death of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth on Thursday. Prince Harry stepped out hand-in-hand with wife Meghan Markle alongside his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton, where he made an emotional admission about how things were already different in the royal household.

“It’s a lonely place up there now without her,” Harry told well-wishers, pointing to the castle, in a video shared by The sun.

“Whatever room she was in, you could feel her presence the whole time,” he added with a smile.

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England.  Crowds gather and tributes at the gates of Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds gather and tributes at the gates of Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The Queen moved her base from Buckingham Palace in London to Windsor Castle when the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020 and spent most of her final years there.

Prince Harry, Meghan, Prince William and Kate left the gates of Windsor together on Saturday to tour the many tributes to the late monarch, who died “peacefully” aged 96 on Thursday.

The exit for the group once known as the “Fab Four” was particularly painful as relations between the California couple and members of the royal family have been strained in recent years.

Kensington Palace says William, 40, invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join him and Kate, 40, who was recently named Princess of Wales, along with her husband’s new title of Prince of Wales.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales look at the floral tributes laid by members of the public at grand walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England.  Crowds gather and tributes at the gates of Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales look at the floral tributes laid by members of the public at grand walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds gather and tributes at the gates of Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Another source adds that security was not waiting for both couples on the walk.

Prince William thought the step to greet the crowds “was an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family,” a royal source tells PEOPLE.

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A palace insider tells PEOPLE: “It’s such an extraordinary historic moment and also a deeply personal moment for the family that you would hope and believe that all the family members would come together and support [the King] especially. And maybe some of those wounds can be healed in the process.”

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