Prince Harry’s memoir SPARE will be hitting bookstore shelves in a matter of days, and already revelations from the royal are spreading thick and fast (thanks to copies being leaked and the Spanish edition dropping early).
Amongst the scandalous claims and accusations made in the book, including Harry detailing an alleged fight with his brother Prince William, the Duke of Sussex also made space to open up about the death of his grandmother and the close bond he shared with her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were already in the UK at the time as they were prepped to attend the WellChild Awards in London, when his father, King Charles III called him to explain that “Granny’s” health had “taken a turn”. In response, Harry writes that he sought out a private jet to get to Scotland.
During Harry’s flight from Luton to Aberdeen, the Duke remembered his final conversation with the Queen four days beforehand.
“We’d touched on many topics,” Harry wrote, claiming the pair spoke about her health, the “turmoil” in the Prime Minister’s office, the upcoming Invictus Games, and the lawn at Frogmore Cottage — where he and Meghan were staying during their England visit.
“It looks like the top of my head, Granny! Balding and brown in patches.” Harry joked. “I told her to take care [and] I looked forward to seeing her soon.”
Sadly, Prince Harry didn’t make it to Balmoral Estate in time before the Queen's passing, but other royals such as Princess Anne, King Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Prince William were there for Her Majesty's final hours.
In his memoir, Harry also recalls his final goodbye to the Queen in her resting place at the castle. He whispered that he “hoped she was happy” and had reunited with husband Prince Philip, who died in April 2021.
When Buckingham palace announced the Queen's death, Harry shortly after released a heartfelt statement about her legacy (12 September).
He wrote: “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.”
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