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On September 8, 2022, Buckingham Palace shared that the Queen's doctors were concerned for her health, and her family rushed to her side at Balmoral—including Prince Harry, who happened to be in the UK with Meghan Markle for a series of events to support charities. Before he could arrive, however, Queen Elizabeth passed away.
In his forthcoming memoir Spare, Prince Harry reveals his family did not tell him the news. He had to find out online.
"When the plane started to descend I saw that my phone lit up. It was a message from Meg: 'Call me when you get this,'" Harry reportedly writes. "I looked at the BBC website. My grandmother had died. My father was King."
He soon joined the rest of the royals at Balmoral, and remained in the UK to participate in the official days of mourning.
"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," Prince Harry said in a tribute to his grandmother in September, referencing the Queen's words: "Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings."
He concluded,"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. 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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