Prince Harry pays tribute to the Queen as he recalls moment she hugged Archie and Lilibet

Prince Harry shared a statement paying tribute to his 'Grannie', the Queen

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Prince Harry has paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II in a touching statement, recalling special memories with his 'Grannie'. 

  • Prince Harry shared a statement to mark the loss of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II who died aged 96 on September 8th 2022. 
  • The Duke of Sussex, who met with royal mourners outside Windsor Castle alongside Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton, recounted the special moment the Queen hugged his children for the first time. 
  • Prince Harry also shared his happiness that the Queen and Prince Philip are now 'both together in peace'.

In a statement shared on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Archewell website, the Duke of Sussex shared a poignant message in honour of his grandmother, the Queen, following her death at Balmoral Castle

"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. She was globally admired and respected," he began. 

Touching on some incredibly special words from his late grandfather, Prince Philip, who passed away in 2021, Harry added, "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'."

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Opening up about special details of memories shared with the Queen and his family, Prince Harry's statement 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."

Thanking his grandmother for her duties to both the royal family and the world, Prince Harry finally said, "Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."

Caitlin Elliott
Junior News Editor

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).