Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry in 2019
Prince Harry issued a statement remembering his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
In the official statement shared on the Archewell Foundation’s website, the Duke of Sussex, 37, said: “In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen – and in mourning her loss – we all remember the guiding compass that she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She is admired and respected worldwide. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her eternal legacy. Let us repeat the words she spoke after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, words that can bring comfort to us all now: “Life, of course, consists of last partings as well as first meetings.” “
“Grandma, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife and you hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he continued. “I love these moments that I share with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already missed so much, not only by us, but by the whole world. And as these are first meetings, we now honor my father in new role as King Charles III’.
“Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your good advice. Thank you for your infectious smile,” he concluded.
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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Prince Harry arrived at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after the Queen’s death was publicly announced there on Thursday. He joined other members of the royal family in the royal residence, including his father King Charles III and his brother Prince William.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, 41, were due to attend the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday before learning of the Queen’s health news. They traveled from their home in California to Europe earlier in the week for a series of visits with their longtime charities.
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The Print Collector/Getty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on the day of the monarch’s coronation in 1953
The monarch’s death follows the death of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April 2021. They were married for 73 years.
After the death of Her Royal Highness, King Charles III immediately became monarch. The 73-year-old King mourned the loss of the Queen, saying: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sorrow for me and all members of my family.”