A bittersweet goodbye. Prince Harry and Meghan Marklea are back home in California with their children after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Us Weekly can confirm.
Harry, 38, and the Suits alum, 41, had been in Europe since Sept. 4. their visit quickly changed as the queen’s health deteriorated.
As Harry rushed to be with his grandmother at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, the Duke was not in time to bid a final farewell to the Queen, who “died peacefully” on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, per Buckingham Palace.
Harry’s brother, Prince Williamas well as their uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edwardand Edward’s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessexalso failed to reach the Scottish castle before dying.
According to a message dated Monday, September 19 from The TelegraphHarry was the “last to know” about the late sovereign’s death. On Sept. King Charles III reportedly, his youngest son – who was on his way to Balmoral at the time – called five minutes before the Queen’s death was announced to the public. In a statement, in response to the British outlet’s report, the palace said: “The public was not informed until every family member had been informed.”
In the days following her passing, Meghan and Harry – who was particularly close to Her Majesty – publicly paid tribute to the late monarch in various ways.
The couple, who married in 2018 and are parents to Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 15 months, first greeted the mourners with William, 40, and Princess Kate in Windsor, England, on September 10 – a rare event for the ‘Fab Four’, who have been at odds since Harry and Meghan resigned from their positions as senior royals two years earlier.
On Saturday September 17th, William, Harry and their cousins Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindalli, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn — all eight grandchildren of the Queen and Prince Philip — honored their late grandmother in a final wake. As the young royals surrounded the monarch’s coffin in Westminster Hall, where it lay in state, Harry notably wore his military uniform – a special permission granted to him by the palace, as he lost his honorary military titles when he resigned as working royal in 2020.
The Archewell co-founder also walked behind his late grandmother’s coffin in several processions in the days following her death, including Monday’s state funeral.
Meghan, who honored Elizabeth all week by wearing several of her jewelry, sat next to her husband at Westminster Abbey on Monday during the funeral service. The actress shed a tear as the coffin left the abbey and headed for Wellington Arch.
“Grandma, although this last goodbye brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to the first time I met you as my commander in chief, to the first moment you met My dear wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” Harry said in a statement on Sept. 12. “I cherish these moments I shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but throughout the world. And as for the first encounters, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”
At Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in June, she spent time with Archie and met Lilibet, her namesake, for the first time. (Meghan and Harry’s children were not present at the funeral.)
“After reluctantly stepping out of Party at the Palace [due to mobility issues]spending time with her great-grandchildren and seeing Lilibet when she turned 1 added some light to her day,” a source told exclusively. Us Weekly at the time. “She thinks they’re cute and has given Lili and Archie gifts.”
As Harry and Meghan make their way home, Charles, 73, follows his “love” for the Sussexes, which he shared in his inaugural address as king on Sept. 9.
“I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad,” the new monarch said in a message from royal expert at the time. Gareth Russell exclusively told U.S was an “olive branch” for the couple.
“I think the king has made it very clear that he wants to heal the chasm… [between the royals and Harry and Meghan]”The King, even when he was Prince of Wales, I think made it very clear that he would like a better relationship with the Duke of Sussex. So let’s hope the olive branch is something that works.”