Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II with somber website tribute

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle changed the landing page of their Archewell site in a solemn tribute to the Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bold tribute to the Queen, seen here side by side at different occasions
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid a subtle but powerful tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as they followed the rest of the Royal Family in changing their official website landing page, following the sad news of her death. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid a subtle but solemn tribute, following the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th. 

The Archewell website background has now gone black, bearing one simple message in white - ‘In Loving Memory of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-2022’. 

The website was updated after a statement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday which confirmed that Her Majesty passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home where she had been spending her annual summer break. Earlier that day, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen was under medical supervision, while the Queen’s children rushed to be by her bedside.

The new King Charles expressed the “greatest sadness” at his mother’s loss in a moving statement following the devastating news. 

Queen Elizabeth II reads the Queen's Speech from the throne during State Opening of Parliament

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The heartfelt change on Harry and Meghan's website reflects their immense bond with Her Majesty, whose Platinum Jubilee celebrations the Sussexes attended back in June. This special UK visit with their two children, Archie and Lilibet, is understood to have been when the Queen first met their daughter. They, alongside the rest of the Royal Family, are now in a period of royal mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. 

It has now been announced on the Royal Family's website that it is King Charles’ “wish” that this period will be observed until seven days after the Queen’s funeral. 

In line with this, and mirroring the move made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the social media accounts for the Royal Family, King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have changed their profile pictures from colorful, smiling portraits to black-and-white royal crests.

On Twitter, all three accounts have also updated their banner image to a black-and-white picture of Her Majesty and shared the same on Instagram. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do not currently have any official social media accounts and so their Archewell tribute has paid a similarly respectful tribute.

King Charles III views floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II

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Meanwhile, King Charles greeted mourners at Buckingham Palace as he made his first public appearance since the Queen’s death. With the date for the Queen’s funeral yet to be announced, people across the UK have been remembering her and laying flowers outside several of the royal residences. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.