Prince Harry reflects on Queen’s ‘infectious smile’ and ‘sound advice’ as he shares powerful tribute

Prince Harry has released a touching statement remarking upon Queen Elizabeth’s ‘everlasting legacy’ and the moments he’ll ‘cherish’

Prince Harry reflected on the Queen’s ‘infectious smile’, seen here together as they left after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston
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Prince Harry reflected on the Queen’s “infectious smile” and “sound advice” in a powerful new tribute to his beloved grandmother. 


On September, 8, it was announced by Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II had died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle. Now following on from his father King Charles expressing the “greatest sadness” at the Queen’s passing, the Duke of Sussex has now paid a powerful tribute to his beloved grandmother. Releasing a new statement on his and Meghan Markle’s Archewell website (opens in new tab), Prince Harry reflected on the Queen’s “infectious smile” and “sound advice” as he shared his admiration for one of Britain’s most remarkable monarchs. 

“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,” he declared. “She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attending the Chelsea Flower show

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At this difficult time for both the extended Royal Family and fans across the world, Prince Harry then urged people to “echo” the Queen’s own words after Prince Philip’s passing in April 2021.

He added that these are “words which can bring comfort to all of us now: “Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings””. 

The Duke of Sussex went on to reflect upon his precious memories of Her Majesty, from his childhood to the moment she first hugged his children, Archie and Lilibet.

“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,” Prince Harry declared.

The Queen With Prince William And Prince Harry In The Royal Box At Guards Polo Club

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He continued, “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 honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”

Echoing the sentiment expressed by so many throughout the Queen’s reign and especially in her milestone Platinum Jubilee year, her grandson then thanked her for all she’d done and Prince Harry reflected on her “infectious smile” that meant so much to him.

“Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile,” the Duke of Sussex shared. “We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”

Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, with her husband Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, on their wedding day

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Prince Harry’s poignant final words reportedly mirror those of his youngest nephew, as Princess Catherine revealed Prince Louis’ sweet words upon learning about his great-grandmother’s passing and his thoughts were also of the reunion of the Queen and Prince Philip.

The Duke of Sussex’s powerful tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch also honored everything that came to be associated with Her Majesty - her commitment to duty, love for her family, her wisdom, and her sense of humor and warmth. His heartfelt words came amid the Royal Family's official mourning period, which will last until seven days after Her Majesty's funeral service on September, 19.

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