Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle have received a heap of criticism over the last years. But Harry is grieving the loss of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his heartfelt tribute is genuine. The queen always supported her grandson and she was there for him through all of the turbulence in his life.
When the queen’s health took a dramatic turn for the worse, Prince Harry happened to be in Britain because he and Meghan were supposed to attend an event there. As soon as he heard the news, Harry traveled to Scotland to be by his grandmother’s side. Sadly, he did not make it to Balmoral Castle before she passed.
The prince had a very special relationship with his grandmother and he always spoke of her with admiration. He spoke of how important her service was to the United Kingdom, and he talked about the excellent advice she could give. And Harry spoke about the queen’s smile.
“In remembering the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, as well as lamenting the loss of her, we are all brought back to the role she played as a moral compass for a great number of people via her dedication to duty and service,” Prince Harry shared on the Archewell Foundation website.
“She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’”
Harry went further talking about his memories going from his childhood to when he first met his wife Meghan. He also spoke of how the queen embrace her great-grandchildren.
“Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he continued. “I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your commitment to service.”