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Prince Harry speaks out after Queen Elizabeth II's death: "I am forever grateful"

Prince Harry posts heartfelt tribute to queen
Prince Harry posts heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth 01:48

Prince Harry issued a statement about the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Monday, saying that he was "forever grateful" for her role in his life.

"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," Harry said in a statement released on the Archewell website.

"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."'

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Two years ago, Harry stepped down as a senior royal and moved to the U.S. with his wife, Meghan.

On Saturday, Harry and Meghan appeared outside Windsor Castle alongside Prince William and Kate to meet mourners.

"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," Harry wrote in his statement. "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," he continued. "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."

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