Prince Harry publicly addressed the death of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for the first time in a personal statement on Monday that paid tribute to her as monarch and family matriarch.
“As we celebrate the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen – and mourn her loss – we all remember the compass she has been to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She was globally admired and respected. His unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout his life and now his eternal legacy.
He recalled the words the Queen spoke in his last Christmas speech on December 25, 2021 on the passing of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: “Life, of course, is about final partings as well as first encounters.”
“Grandma, as this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. We already miss you dearly, not only to us, but to the whole world.
Referring again to the Queen’s Speech, he said: “And as regards the first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”
“Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your wise advice. Thank you for your contagious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and Grandpa are reunited now, and both of you at peace.