Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, released a personal statement on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday. Prince Harry released his statement today, early in the morning. As I’ve said before, there is a hierarchy and timing to how the Windsors’ personal tributes are released, and I would assume that the Queen’s children and other grandchildren will be releasing their own statements in the coming days too. Just like the brothers’ individual tributes to Prince Philip, Harry sort of effortlessly outshines his brother. Harry’s tribute to his grandfather was joyful and representative of the good parts of Philip – William’s tribute was about how he (William) liked having time with Philip. So it is with their dueling statements about QEII. This was posted to Archewell this morning:

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. 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.”

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.

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.

[Prince Harry’s statement via Archewell]

God, Harry is good at this. I actually choked up a little at “We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.” Considering the way the British media has gone on and on, you’d think that Harry was his grandmother’s favorite, his grandfather’s favorite and the most important person in the royal family. Weird how that happened.

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