Prince Harry issued a statement “celebrating the life” of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, praising her “contagious smile”, and said he would “honor” his father king.
Harry, who is greatly loved by his grandmother despite her dismay over the feud that has spread throughout the family over the past two years and beyond, also appeared to mention the queen’s encounter with her son. his daughter, Lilibet, in June of this year, on the eve of the platinum holy year. The meeting became controversial after it emerged that the queen forbade Harry and Meghan from photographing the meeting, apparently out of concern the photos would be circulated by the couple.
He says; “Madam, while this last parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters — from my earliest childhood memories to grandma, to meeting her for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, until the first moment you met my beloved wife and hugged your beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “
Prince William issued a tribute at the weekend, in which he called Elizabeth “Grannie”.
In his statement, Harry said of the queen’s “unwavering grace and dignity” that “remain true throughout her life” and will be her “eternal legacy”.
Harry said: “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 comes as reports suggest Harry and Meghan will remain in Britain until the end of the official royal mourning period, which ends a week after the queen’s funeral on September 19. are expected to have their children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1. The children are understood to be in California with Meghan’s mother, Doria.
Harry’s gesture of support for Charles will be welcomed and appears to be a response to the tribute Charles paid Harry and Meghan during his inaugural address to the nation.
In his first speech as kingCharles said: “I also want to express my love to Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
The relationship between Harry and his family has become extremely strained since the couple left the royal family. On the day the queen died, Harry went to Scotland alone and did not see his father or brother in Balmoral, dinner apart from them.
Shortly after Harry made his statement, King Charles addressed parliament, with his wife, Queen Camilla, at his side.
He said, “As I stand before you today, I cannot help but feel the weight of history that surrounds us,” adding, “As Shakespeare said of Queen Elizabeth before,” she said. as “the model for all living princes”. “