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Prince Harry released a statement “in celebration of the life” of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, praising her “contagious smile” and saying he would “honor” his father the King.
Harry, whose grandmother was so well-liked though she resented the feud that has plagued the family for the past two years and more, also seemed to be referring to the Queen’s meeting with his daughter, Lilibit, in June of this year, on the eve of the Platinum Jubilee. The meeting became controversial after it was revealed that the Queen prevented Harry and Meghan from taking pictures of the meeting, apparently due to fears that the pictures had been published by the couple.
He said; “Grandma, while this last parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all our first meetings—from my first childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as commander in chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife and embraced your beloved great-grandchildren.”
Prince William released a tribute over the weekend referring to Elizabeth as “Grannie”.
In his statement, Harry spoke of the Queen’s “unshakable grace and dignity” which “has remained true throughout her life” and will be her “eternal legacy”.
Harry said: “I cherish these times I shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. We miss you greatly, not only from our side, but from all over the world. And in terms of the first meetings, we honor my father now 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, too, are smiling knowing that you and your grandfather are now reunited, both together in peace.”
The statement came as reports indicated 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. They are expected to be joined by 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 would be welcome, and appears to reciprocate the honoring of Harry and Meghan by Charles in his opening address to the nation.
In his first speech as King, Charles said: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”
The relationship between Harry and his family has soured a lot since the couple left the royal family. On the day of the Queen’s death, Harry traveled alone to Scotland and did not see his father or brother in Balmoral, apart from them, having dinner.