It was a long-awaited tribute. Prince Harry greeted his late grandmother Elizabeth II on Monday, whom he called a “compass”, thanking the “grandmother” for her sense of duty and her “contagious smile”. “As we celebrate the life of my grandmother, her Majesty the Queen, and mourn her loss, we are reminded of the compass that has guided so many through her commitment to service and duty,” reads a note. , whose break with the royal family in 2020 rocked the monarchy.
“Grandma, even if this final separation brings us great sadness, I will always be grateful to you for all of our first meetings, from my earliest childhood memories, our first meeting as commander in chief, to the first moment you met the my dear wife and where you hugged your great grandchildren, “he continued.
“We’ve already missed you a lot”
“I cherish those moments shared with you and the many other special moments in between. We miss you so much already, not only from us, but from the whole world, ”added the prince who lives with his wife Meghan Markle in California.
“And as these are first encounters, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III,” she said as relations with her father and older brother William are notoriously harsh. “Thank you for your commitment to service. Thanks for your wise advice. Thanks for your contagious smile, “he added.
After his shocking departure from the United Kingdom, the prince had admitted that he had a difficult relationship with his father and William, but had always stressed that he had maintained good relations with the king who died Thursday at the age of 96 in Scotland. In the UK, at the time of his death, he arrived at the Balmoral residence separately from the rest of the family and well after his death.
As a sign of possible rapprochements, Charles III expressed his “love” for Harry and Meghan in his first speech. And on Saturday, William, now heir to the throne and Prince of Wales, and Harry, appeared together in Windsor to pay their respects in front of the flowers placed in memory of the Queen, with her respective wives.
It was the couple’s first public appearance since March 2020, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the UK. The two couples were in Windsor, where William and Kate live with their three children and where Harry and Meghan were staying on a visit to the UK for charity events, but they hadn’t initially planned to see each other.