Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left a lovely gesture to Queen Elizabeth, who died on Thursday at the age of 96 at her Scottish residence. The couple may have faced criticism for stepping down as senior members of the royal family, but they paid respect to Prince Harry’s grandmother with a social media gesture.
The website of Harry and Meghan Markle is normally a hive of activity about their jobs and travels, but after the news of the Queen’s death emerged, it was only a single dark page with the text: “In loving remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-2022.” To respect the Queen’s memory, some areas of the website have been made inaccessible.
The website has subsequently returned to its normal material, but the memorial was not forgotten by the public. It was interpreted as the couple’s show of respect for the Queen. After discovering that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, is in serious condition, Prince Harry rushed to Scotland by himself. Meghan Markle did not accompany Prince Harry on his trip, according to their spokesperson.
After learning of the Queen’s failing health, other members of the royal family went to her Scottish residence near Aberdeen. Her death was later verified, and it is thought that her death was disclosed before Prince Harry and William arrived at her estate. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in the UK after arriving from California earlier this week. On Tuesday, the Queen made her final public appearance, selecting Liz Truss as Prime Minister.
The Queen’s health has taken a knock in recent years, and she was also alleged to have had a fall that hampered her mobility. COVID-19 was also hired by the Queen earlier this year. She also remained a minor presence throughout her Platinum Jubilee festivities, barely attending three events.
In 2015, Elizabeth surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign as the longest reigning British queen. She has reigned for 70 years, second only to French King Louis XIV, who reigned for 72 years.
According to The Guardian, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex returned from Balmoral to Windsor to be with their families on Friday. Prince Harry was seen departing Balmoral around 8.15 a.m., while Prince William, who is now first in line to the throne, left at 1 p.m. They are anticipated to remain in Windsor until the Queen’s state funeral, which is scheduled for September 19.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were not present for the funeral but are anticipated to attend. Given the previous tensions between the couple and the royal family, Harry and Meghan’s attendance at the burial is certain to spark controversy.
After the accession council on Saturday at 10 a.m., Prince William and Kate Middleton will take on King Charles’ “Cornwall” title. With this change, William and Kate will be recognized as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. William will also get the Duchy of Cornwall, a 60,700-hectare estate stretched over 20 counties. The Duchy of Cornwall issued a statement confirming the transfer of the estate from Charles to William: “With the demise of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the succession of HM King Charles III, the title of the Duke of Cornwall passes to HRH The Duke of Cambridge.” As a result, the estate is in good hands.
It is appropriate at this time to commemorate the significant developments brought about by our 24th Duke of Cornwall during the last 70 years. The announcement read, “His Majesty passes the estate on much improved.” The estate is said to earn about £20 million each year.