His grandmother is missing. Prince Harry broke his silence on Queen Elizabeth II‘s death while speaking to mourners outside Windsor Castle on Saturday, September 10.
“It’s a lonely place up there now without her,” the U.K. native, 37, told well-wishers while pointing to the castle in a video obtained by The Sun. “Every room she was in you felt her presence throughout.”
The BetterUp CIO with his wife Meghan Markle, joined Prince William Princess Kate on Saturday as they walked through Windsor greeting mourners who’d lined the streets to pay their respects to the queen.
An insider tells Us Weekly that the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, 40, “invited” his brother and the Suits41-year-old alum to join him and the new Princess Of Wales, also 40, in the appearance.
Buckingham Palace announced the news of the queen’s death at age 96 on Thursday, September 8. William, Harry, and others announced the queen’s death ahead of her passing. King Charles III Queen Consort CamillaEveryone traveled to Balmoral, Scotland to meet the monarch, after receiving word that she was under medical supervision.
Harry, however, was seen arriving in Scotland after the palace had already announced his grandmother’s passing. “Harry is guilt-stricken — full of sorrow and regret about not saying goodbye to the queen,” a source told UseThe founder of Invictus Games. “They met up a couple of times during the Platinum Jubilee, but he by no means expected it to be the last time he saw her.”
Buckingham Palace announced the monarch’s death three months after the Jubilee, which commemorated her 70 years on the throne. The former sovereign was joined by other members of the royal family to celebrate her reign — which was the longest one in British history.
Charles, 73, and Camilla, 75, were by Elizabeth’s side amid the festivities. William and Kate were also present at the palace along with their three children: Prince George (9 years old), Princess Charlotte (7 years) and Prince Louis (4 years).
Harry and Meghan returned to the U.K. with their children, Archie, 3 years old, and Lili, 15 months, as a family.
After the queen had signed her formal instrument of consent earlier in the month, the former military pilot and actress married in May 2018. “NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle,” the document read.
One year later, the couple welcomed their son. The three-member family then traveled to South Africa for their first royal visit, in November 2019. Elizabeth was a huge fan of the trip.
“She’s seeing a more mature, responsible side of Harry, and she’s really impressed with how Meghan’s upped her game,” a source told Use exclusively following the trip. “This is the real Meghan. It’s not an act. And while she’ll never replace [Princess] Diana, she’s determined to follow in her footsteps.”
The former Tig blogger won over her grandmother-in-law “on more than a few occasions, privately and publicly,” another insider told Use in June 2018, adding, “[Meghan]She quickly demonstrated her intelligence, politeness and desire to learn. [Her] enthusiasm towards living a life of service and humanitarianism excites the queen and it’s just the type of vim and vigor she likes to see in someone.”
Things got more complicated when Harry, Meghan and their decision to resign as senior members of Royal Family became public in January 2020. Two months later, the duo made their last official royal appearance.
Two months after the pair’s move to California, Prince Philip died at age 99 after 73 years married to Elizabeth. The couple married at Westminster Abbey in November 1947, before 2,000 guests. Charles was welcomed by the royals. Prince Andrew, Princess Anne Prince Edward.
After Philip’s April death at age 99, the queen paid tribute to her longtime love in her birthday statement.
“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days,” she said at the time. “We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”