Prince Harry has made his first personal statement about the loss of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, following her death on Thursday. The Duke of Sussex released a statement through a spokesperson about his and Meghan Markle’s deep love and respect for the late monarch, also touching on Archie and Lilibet’s connection to the late monarch. his children.
As we celebrate the life of my grandmother, the Queen – and to mourn her loss – we are all reminded of the guiding compass she gave so many in her commitment to service and its obligations. She is universally admired and respected. Her steadfast grace and dignity remained intact throughout her life and is now her eternal legacy. Let’s recall the words she said after Prince Philip’s death, words that can bring solace to all of us now: “Of course, life consists of final farewells as well. like first encounters.”
Ma’am, while this last parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters — from my earliest childhood memories with you. , to meeting her for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment she met my beloved wife and hugged your beloved great-grandson. I cherish the times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You were greatly missed, not only by us, but by the whole world. And like our first encounters, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.
Thank you for your commitment to service.
Thank you for your sound advice.
Thank you for your infectious smile.
We also smile when we know that you and you are now reunited and together in peace.
The statement came days after their spokesman confirmed that the Duke of Sussex traveled traveled to Balmoral, Scotland, to be with the Queen, following the Palace’s announcement that the Queen was under medical supervision. Meghan is still in London, and so is Kate Middleton. Meghan and Harry canceled their appearance at the Well Child Awards on Thursday to be with the Queen and their family.
Even after they left royal life and they later moved to California, Harry and Meghan have been vocal about how close they are to Queen Elizabeth; Ultimately, the couple chose to name their daughter Lilibet, a nod to the Queen’s family nickname. The couple saw the Queen during their Platinum Jubilee visit in June, where they introduced her to Lilibet first.
Meghan addressed her relationship with the Queen during her March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “For example, the Queen has always been great to me,” Meghan said. “I mean, we had one of the first joint collaborations together. She asked me to join her, and I took the train. And we had breakfast together that morning, and she gave me a beautiful gift, and I really enjoyed being with her, and I knew we were in the car — yes, she gave it to me. I got some nice pearl earrings and a matching necklace — and we were in the car to go between skirmishes. And she had a blanket over her knees to keep warm and it was cold and she said, ‘Meghan, come on,’ and put it on my knees. ”
Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royalty (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at In style and Around the world. When she’s not working, she enjoys running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd pictures of her, and exploring New York City.