Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delayed their tribute to the Queen
Following the death of her majesty The Queen last week, tributes to the late monarch flooded in from all over the world, but none of these messages were more poignant than those which came from the family who knew her best.
Whether it was King Charles ’ emotional maiden speech which paid tribute to his mother’s kindness and dedication to her duty, or Prince William’s heartfelt memories of his “grannie” as he spoke of her “wisdom and reassurance”, there was a clear show of grief and fond memories in each statement.
However, one royal surprised many members of the public, by not sharing his message of sympathy and grief until Monday, four days after the Queen’s death on Thursday.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle paid a touching tribute to his grandmother on Monday, one day after it had originally been expected to be delivered.
Many royal commentators had expected it to follow one day after William’s statement, but it didn’t appear on the Archwell website until one day later still – something which baffled many fans at home.
However the reason for the change was equally significant, as although protocol may have indicated it was best delivered on Sunday, it is widely believed that Harry and Meghan delayed it for a day out of respect for the anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, which marked its 21st anniversary on Sunday.
The message, which was written by Prince Harry finally went live on Monday morning and read: "In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen—and in mourning her loss—we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty.
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"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.’
He then continued: "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.
“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 honour my father in his new role as King Charles III."
Prince Harry and Meghan were visiting the UK at the time of the Queen’s death, with the couple’s aides revealing that they would continue to remain in the UK during the mourning period leading up to the Queen’s funeral next week.
Although the occasion is filled with tragedy, the loss of his grandmother also appears to have begun to mend some bridges between the Sussexes and Prince William, as Harry, Meghan, William and Kate were spotted together in Windsor at the weekend as they browsed the floral tributes left for the Queen together.
In a clear show of solidarity, Prince William personally extended the invitation to Harry and Meghan, with the walkabout marking the first time the brothers have been seen together in public since unveiling a statue of their late mother Princess Diana last July.
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