Since Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in 2018, there has been a significant deterioration in his relationship with the rest of the Royal Family.
However, the Prince has consistently insisted that nothing at all has changed in his relationship with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth!
Today is the Duke of Sussex’s 38th birthday. However, given the circumstances, it is unlikely that there will be much reason to celebrate. The Duke, who was in England on business, learned of his grandmother’s condition just before he and his wife Meghan Markle were scheduled to attend an awards ceremony.
The young couple delayed their previous plans so that Harry could travel to Scotland to say goodbye to his grandma. Unfortunately, Prince Harry was unable to meet the Queen one more time because his flight arrived just after she passed away.
The family doesn’t have much time to celebrate the Duke’s milestone 38th birthday because they are so busy getting ready for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
The late Queen’s birthday message for him read, “Wishing The Duke of Sussex a happy birthday today!” Four pictures of the Duke from different points in his life were posted on Twitter on his previous birthday by the Royal Family’s official account.
The family is going through a difficult time because yesterday they took part in the procession carrying the Queen’s casket from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex accompanied King Charles III, the son of the queen, in the procession.
The family faced the casket and its catafalque, which was draped in purple, and stood in a predetermined pattern.
When saying goodbye to his cherished grandma, Prince Harry was observed wiping tears from his eyes throughout the event.
Countess of Wessex’s daughter Sophie and Lady Louise Windsor were among the members of the Royal Family who were observed crying and wiping their eyes.
The Sussexes clasped hands fairly firmly after it was their turn to bow and curtsy before the Queen’s casket. The women joined their husbands throughout the service, but once again, the wide spaces between them appeared to be on purpose to give an impression of formality, according to body language expert Judi James.
Apart from Harry and Meghan, who leaned closer and stretched their arms across the gap to clasp hands in a reciprocal re-linking gesture, the couples appeared to maintain this arrangement as they filed out, she added.
She expanded on her remarks by stating that “the re-coupling appeared to be desperately important to them,” adding that “they used their clasped hands as a method of offering support, comfort, and reassurance to each other while walking behind Prince William and Kate and presumably on the verge of a moment when chat might be near.”
He continued, “Granny, while this final parting makes us very sad, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters—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, to the first time you hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.