Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left a beautiful tribute to honor Queen Elizabeth who passed away at the age of 96 at her Scottish home on Thursday. The couple may have come under scrutiny for leaving their roles as senior members of the royal family, but the pair paid tribute by honoring Prince Harry’s grandmother with a social media gesture. Harry and Meghan’s website is usually a bustle of activity on their works and journey but after the news of the Queen’s death broke, it was just a single black page with the text: “In loving memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-2022.” The other parts of the website were made unavailable to honor the Queen’s memory, reported The Sun.
The website has since reverted to its usual contents but the tribute was not lost on the people. It was seen as a mark of respect from the couple toward the Queen. Prince Harry traveled alone to Scotland after learning that his grandmother Queen Elizabeth is in critical condition. Meghan Markle did not travel with Prince Harry confirmed their spokesman. Other members of the royal family had also rushed to Queen’s Scottish estate near Aberdeen after learning of her deteriorating health condition. Her death was later confirmed and is believed to have been announced before Prince Harry and William made it to her estate. Prince Harry and Meghan were in the UK, having traveled from California this week. The Queen made her last public appearance while appointing Liz Truss as Prime Minister on Tuesday.
The Queen’s health had taken a couple of hits in recent years and was also rumored to have suffered a fall that reportedly hindered her mobility. The Queen also contracted COVID-19 earlier this year. She also remained a peripheral figure for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, attending only three events. She became the longest reigning British monarch in 2015 when she eclipsed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign. She has completed 70 years on the throne, second only to French King Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years..
On Friday, it was confirmed that the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex returned from Balmoral to Windsor to be with their families, reported The Guardian. Prince Harry was spotted leaving at 8.15 am while Prince William, who is now first in line to the throne, left Balmoral after 1 pm. They are expected to stay at Windsor until the Queen’s state funeral, which is likely to be held on September 19. Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were absent at Balmoral castle but are expected to attend the funeral. Harry and Meghan’s participation in the funeral is bound to create controversy considering given the friction between the couple and the royal family in recent times.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on their foundation website. pic.twitter.com/tN8tzbywxz
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Prince William and Kate Middleton will take on King Charles’s “Cornwall” title after the accession council takes place at 10 am on Saturday. This move will see William and Kate known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. William will also inherit the Duchy of Cornwall, an estate of 60,700 hectares spread across 20 counties. The Duchy of Cornwall released a statement confirming the transfer of the estate from Charles to William: “The passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the succession of HM King Charles III marks the transition of the title of the Duke of Cornwall to HRH The Duke of Cambridge. As such the estate is in safe hands. It is right at this time, to recognize the huge changes made by our 24th Duke of Cornwall over 70 years. His Majesty passes the estate on much improved,” read the statement. The estate is reported to have an annual income of around £20m.