Harry, 38, and the Suits alum, 41, had been in Europe since September 4. While the couple — who stepped down as working members of the royal family in 2020 — had been initially throughout the pond for a sequence of philanthropic engagements, the character of their go to rapidly modified as the queen’s health deteriorated.
As Harry rushed to be by his grandmother’s aspect at her Balmoral property in Scotland, the duke didn’t make it in time to say a ultimate goodbye to the queen, who “died peacefully” on September 8 at age 96, per Buckingham Palace.
Harry’s brother, Prince William, in addition to their uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and Edward’s spouse, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, additionally didn’t handle to achieve the Scottish citadel earlier than her passing.
According to a Monday, September 19, report from The Telegraph, Harry was the “last to know” concerning the late sovereign’s loss of life. On September 8, King Charles III allegedly known as his youngest son — who, on the time, was on his strategy to Balmoral — 5 minutes earlier than the queen’s loss of life was introduced to the general public. In an announcement, the palace stated in response to the U.Ok. outlet’s report: “The public was only informed after every family member had been informed.”
In the times since her passing, Meghan and Harry — who was especially close to Her Majesty —publicly paid tribute to the late monarch in quite a few methods.
The couple, who married in 2018 and are the mother and father of Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 15 months, first greeted mourners with William, 40, and Princess Kate in Windsor, England, on September 10 — a uncommon prevalence for the “Fab Four,” who’ve been at odds since Harry and Meghan stepped down from their duties as senior royals two years prior.
On Saturday, September 17, William, Harry and their cousins Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn — all eight of the queen and Prince Philip’s grandchildren — honored their late grandmother in a final vigil. As the younger royals surrounded the monarch’s casket at Westminster Hall, the place it was mendacity in state, Harry was notably in his navy uniform — a special permission granted to him by the palace, as he misplaced his honorary navy titles when stepping down as a working royal in 2020.
The Archewell cofounder additionally walked behind his late grandmother’s coffin throughout a number of processions within the days following her loss of life, together with Monday’s state funeral.
Meghan, who honored Elizabeth all through the week by wearing several items of her jewelry, sat beside her husband at Westminster Abbey throughout Monday’s funeral service. The actress shed a tear because the coffin left the abbey and made its strategy to Wellington Arch.
“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,” Harry shared in a statement on September 12. “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.”
At Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in June, she bought to hung out with Archie and meet Lilibet, her namesake, for the primary time. (Meghan and Harry’s kids weren’t in attendance on the funeral.)
“After reluctantly pulling out of Party at the Palace [due to mobility issues], spending time with her great-grandchildren and seeing Lilibet turn 1 added some light to her day,” a supply solely instructed Us Weekly on the time. “She thinks they’re adorable and gave Lili and Archie gifts.”
As Harry and Meghan make their means again residence, it’s on the heels of Charles, 73, proclaiming his “love” for the Sussexes, which he shared in his inaugural speech as king on September 9.
“I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan, as they continue to build their lives overseas,” the brand new monarch said on the time, in a message royal professional Gareth Russell solely instructed Us was an “olive branch” to the couple.
“I think the king has made it very clear that he wants to heal the rift [between the royals and Harry and Meghan],” he added. “The king, even when he was Prince of Wales, I think has made it very clear that he would, he would like a better relationship with the Duke of Sussex. So let’s hope that the olive branch is something that works.”