It was almost as if time had stood still when the world learned of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. The long-reigning monarch died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96. The royal family took to Twitter to share the news with the public for the first time. “The Queen passed away peacefully in Balmoral this afternoon,” the account tweeted, adding a photo of the late Queen. Countless celebrity tributes poured in, including some from Sir Elton John to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
Of course, Queen Elizabeth’s family also shared their fond memories of the late monarch. According to The Sun, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted mourners in the days after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, and that was the first time Harry had spoken out about his grandmother’s death. “It’s a lonely place up there now without her,” he said. “You could feel her presence in every room she was in.” Harry also released a statement on the Archwell website, saying that in mourning the Queen, the royal family “is reminded of the compass, she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty” (via Yahoo! Sports). He added that his grandmother was “admired and respected around the world.” In addition, he reminisced about his grandmother over the years, “from my earliest childhood memories of you, to first meeting you as Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife.”
Now Meghan breaks her silence to commemorate the Queen.
Meghan Markle shares fond memories of Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle is finally breaking her silence on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The mother-of-two sat down for an interview with Variety and shared what life was like after the monarch’s death. “I thought about that first official engagement I had to her, how special that felt,” she told the outlet. “I feel happy. And I remain proud to have had a lovely warmth with the matriarch of the family.” Meghan also said she was “grateful” to be able to be with Prince Harry to support him at such a difficult time in his life .
“What’s so beautiful is looking at the legacy his grandmother was able to leave behind on so many fronts,” the star continued. “In terms of female leadership, she’s certainly the most shining example of what that looks like.” Additionally, she said she feels a “deep gratitude” for the opportunity to spend time with the late Queen. She called Harry an “optimist” for noting that she is now dating her late husband, Prince Philip, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2017, Meghan also spoke about her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II in an interview with the BBC. She said it was “amazing” to meet the Queen and see things through Harry’s lens. “When I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to spend this time with her and she’s an incredible woman,” she gushed (via Us Weekly).