Prince Harry pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II: statement

In remembrance.Prince Harry in his first official statement since her death about great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s “eternal legacy.”

“As we celebrate the life and mourning of the loss of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, we are all reminded of the compass she was to so many in their commitment to service and duty. She was admired and respected worldwide. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her eternal legacy,” the 37-year-old wrote on Monday, September 12. “Let us repeat the words she spoke after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, which we can all take comfort in now: ‘Life, of course, is made up of final goodbyes as well as first encounters.'”

Harry continued, “Grandma, while we are deeply saddened by this final goodbye, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories of you, to first meeting you as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment when you met my beloved wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish those times I’ve shared with you and the many other special moments in between. You are already greatly missed, not only by us but by the whole world. And as for the first encounters, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”

Praising his late grandmother’s “dedication to service,” the Archewell co-founder concluded, “Thank you for your insightful advice. Thank you for your contagious smile. We too are smiling knowing that you and grandpa are now reunited and both in peace together.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday September 8 that the Queen died at the age of 96 after being placed under the supervision of her doctors hours earlier. She was surrounded by loved ones at her Balmoral estate in Scotland and Harry landed from London after her death was already announced. He and Megan Markle later joined Prince William and Princess Kate on Saturday 10th September for a tour of Windsor to greet mourners and pay their respects.

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The Duke of Sussex has previously checked in “non-stop” with his grandmother after she was briefly hospitalized in October 2021, a source said Us weekly back then. The duo maintained a close relationship after Harry and Meghan, 41, made their royal departure permanent in February 2021.

“I’ve spoken to my grandmother more in the last year than I have in many, many years,” the former military pilot said during a CBS tell-all in March 2021. “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and understanding. And I have great respect for her. She’s my colonel, right? She always will be.”

Charles’ former butler Grant Harold noted in a February 2020 documentary that Harry Elizabeth commemorated her husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.

“[He has] that wonderful, shall we say, that kind of sparkle in his eyes,” Harrold explained at the time.

The monarch also had a sweet bond with Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, 3. To celebrate the toddler’s birthday in May 2021, she sent him “gifts and a card” and called him via Zoom, a source exclusively revealed Us weekly. “Seeing her great-grandson’s face always brightens her day!”

Being separated from the little one was difficult for Elizabeth after his parents moved to Canada in January 2020 and America two months later. “The Queen has FaceTime calls with Archie but it’s not the same,” another source said Us in February 2021.”[She is] desperate to give Archie a huge hug.

Elizabeth reunited with Harry in April 2021 when he returned to England for Philip’s funeral. The couple reportedly had two private conversations during his visit.

Harry had a “very close relationship” with his late grandfather prior to his death, a third source exclusively revealed Us in April 2021. “Although they may not have been able to communicate in the last year of his life, Philip thought of his grandson very fondly and vice versa. … Harry feels guilty that he wasn’t there in person to say goodbye to Prince Philip.”

He wrote in a statement at the time: “My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor. Authentically himself, with a really sharp wit, he could draw the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what he was going to say next. He will be remembered as the monarch’s longest-reigning consort, a decorated soldier, a prince and a duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent through the pain of the past year, he was my grandpa: grill master, legend of banter and sassy to the end.”

When the Sussexes welcomed their daughter two months later, they named her in honor of the Queen.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the couple said in a June 2021 statement. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales, to honor.” Prince Harry pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II: statement

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