Prince Harry pays personal tribute to late 'granny' Queen Elizabeth

Praises her service as head of state and monarch, and also spoke emotionally of her role as a grandmother



Photo: Reuters
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By Reuters

Published: Mon 12 Sep 2022, 7:45 PM

Britain's Prince Harry paid a highly personal tribute on Monday to his "granny": the late Queen Elizabeth II, saying how he cherished the time he had spent with the 96-year-old who died last week, and how he would honour his father, Charles III, as the new king.

In a statement, Harry, who had stepped down from royal duties with his wife Meghan in 2020, praised the queen's service as head of state and monarch, and also spoke emotionally of her role as a grandmother.

"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 said.

"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."

After he and Meghan left their official royal roles, they became alienated from the family, including his father, now King Charles III, and delivered withering criticism of Buckingham Palace and how they had been treated.

"As it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III," he said.

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