Prince Harry praised Queen Elizabeth II in the first statement he has issued since the death Thursday of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The 37-year-old Montecito celebrity called his grandmother a “guiding compass” in his written remarks, which were issued Monday.
Here’s his statement:
“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 honor 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 and his wife Meghan — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — paid the queen a surprise visit in April. Their children, Archie and Lilibet (named after Queen Elizabeth II), became Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet upon the queen’s death.