Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been in Europe since September 3
They were in England when Elizabeth II died
The Sussexes left England to return to the United States
Homecoming time has come for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Arriving in Europe on September 3, the Sussexes first headed to Manchester to attend the One Young World summit before heading to Düsseldorf to prepare for next year’s Invictus Games. On September 8, it was therefore from Europe that they learned of the death of Elizabeth II. Like other members of the royal family, Prince Harry rushed to his beloved grandmother’s bedside in Balmoral, Scotland, while his wife preferred to stay away from this family reunion. The couple, in the following days, repeatedly honored the memory of Elizabeth II. In particular in front of the gates of Windsor Castle, where they joined Kate Middleton and Prince William.
This Monday, September 19, like 2,200 other people gathered around King Charles III, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended Her Majesty’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. Although on bad terms with his relatives since his departure for the United States, the Duke of Sussex solemnly followed his grandmother’s coffin during the procession through the streets of London. At the abbey, the parents of Archie and Lilibet were installed in symbolic places since they were just behind the British sovereign and his wife, the queen consort Camilla Parker Bowles. Although removed from the royal family since the Megxit, the couple participated in the tribute to Elizabeth II in the Saint-Georges chapel and then in a private funeral service for the queen.
“Harry supported Meghan”
During the funeral of Elizabeth II, the Sussexes appeared very close. “We saw the comfort that Harry gave to Meghan during the moments when they walked together and then had to go in different directions, described Pranav Bhanot, a guest. I noticed how much Harry supported Meghan. separated after the ceremony, he shook her hand firmly. I felt he wanted to make sure she felt comfortable.” Like the Duke of Sussex, Meghan Markle offered Prince Harry “silent support” during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, according to a body language expert. “The best word to describe Meghan’s body language at the funeral was ‘low key,'” Judi James told Page Six.
“She seemed to again offer silent support to her husband by sitting and walking close to him with a look of dignity tinged with sadness,” she added. After these days of mourning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left London to join California. As People reports, the Sussexes have returned to the United States to find their children, Archie and Lilibet, whom they have not seen for two long weeks. “They missed the kids like crazy and they Facetimed them every day, but they can’t wait to see them again and hold them again after a harrowing few weeks,” said one of their loved ones. In their luggage, they bring back peaceful relations with Charles III and Prince William, who have both taken steps forward towards the Sussexes, so that the reign of the sovereign begins as calmly as possible.
Elizabeth II “adored Harry until the end”
According to one historian, the late monarch “adored Harry to the end, and Harry adored her”. “I think she was one of the go-betweens between Windsor and California, and it would have been one of her dearest wishes for the family to fix things,” Robert Hardman explained. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid a heartbreaking tribute to Her Majesty after news of her death was announced. “Grandma, as this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you (…) to the first moment you met my beloved wife and you hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” they wrote. “I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments between us.”
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