Going to his grandmother’s side. Prince Harry was seen landing in Aberdeen, Scotland, after Queen Elizabeth II‘s death at the age of 96 was announced on Thursday, September 8.
The 37-year old royal was still on his journey to join other royal family members when the longest-reigning British monarch died.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
On Thursday, the palace made an announcement in a statement dated Thursday, September 8, that the 96-year old British monarch was being closely monitored and monitored by her doctors.
“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the statement reads. “The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
After news of the decline in Queen Elizabeth’s health, a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex confirmed that Harry was headed to Scotland to be with his grandmother. He and his wife. Meghan MarkleThey moved to the United States in 2020. However, they were abroad on Thursday with plans for attending the WellChild Awards. Meghan, 41 years old, stayed in London as Harry went to Balmoral. She will not attend the ceremony.
The London native and Suits alum attended the queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in June, bringing son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 15 months, to spend time with the queen in private.
While they were in Europe for Invictus Games, Harry and Meghan surprised the queen with a surprise visit. While the Archewell cofounder had previously returned to his native country for Prince Philip‘s funeral in April 2021 and the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue in July 2021, the BenchAuthor had not been to the U.K. in March 2020.
Elizabeth met Lili for the first-time during the Jubilee. Unfortunately, no photos of the meeting were made public. “Spending time with her great-grandchildren and seeing Lilibet turn 1 added some light to her day,” an insider told Us WeeklyAt the time. “She thinks they’re adorable and gave Lili and Archie gifts.”
The meeting was a bright spot after the queen had to pull out of some Jubilee events because of “discomfort” she felt during Trooping the Colour. “The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and flypast but did experience some discomfort,” read a statement from Buckingham Palace released after the Jubilee kicked off on June 2. “Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend.”
Although she missed the Party At the Palace concert on 6/4, the monarch made a surprise appearance following the conclusion of the Jubilee Pageant on June 5. As she celebrated 70 years on the throne, the queen waved to Buckingham Palace’s balcony.
The “discomfort” was the latest health setback faced by Elizabeth, who tested positive for COVID-19 in February. After postponing a planned Northern Ireland trip, Elizabeth was hospitalized in October 2021. Harry “felt helpless” while his grandmother was in need, a source exclusively told Us Weekly, noting that the duke went into “panic mode” when he learned about the hospital stay.
The royal matriarch was briefly back at work, but she was advised to take two weeks off of official appearances at the end Oct 2021.