Prince Harry was very close to his grandmother and it was evident during the procession and the service.
Prince Harry turned 38 on September 15, but it was a sad and emotional one for the Duke of Sussex as he mourns the loss of his beloved grandmother. Queen Elizabeth II, the second-longest reigning monarch passed at 96 on September 8 at her Scottish estate. Prince Harry shared a very close bond with the Queen and it was both evident in his tribute and his body language during the funeral procession and the service at Westminster Hall. The Queen's coffin was taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in a solemn procession and Prince Harry was part of it. Some of the others included King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, and several of the Queen's grandchildren, including Prince William.
Royal expert Jennie Bond told OK! that it was obvious that Prince Harry was going to have a sombre birthday. "It’s going to be another incredibly sad birthday for Harry, which will surely recall memories of 25 years ago when he turned 13 a couple of weeks after his mother died," said Bond. "I'm sure he will spend Thursday very, very quietly. There have been suggestions that the children are going to be flown over with Meghan's mother Doria, so he can be reunited with them, but who knows? You have to feel for Harry, though, you really do. I'm sure it will be just a very quiet day. But then again, maybe it will give pause for thought and William and Kate might pop round with a pizza or something!"
Prince Harry also shed a tear during the solemn service for the Queen at Westminster Hall. The Duke of Sussex was seen wiping away tears as he got emotional during the service honoring the Queen, reported HELLO. Prince Harry was photographed wiping away tears as the coffin was placed in the hall. Prince Harry was very close to his grandmother and it was evident during the procession and the service.
Prince Harry had earlier released a statement honoring his grandmother, touching upon his personal loss and the loss of a monarch to the world. “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," he wrote in a statement on his website. “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 honor 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," he wrote. Prince Harry also mentioned his grandfather in the message. “We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace,” he wrote.
Prince Harry even honored the Queen while naming his daughter Lilibet. The couple made it evident that the name was a tribute to the Queen after announcing the birth of their daughter. "On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe," they wrote before explaining why she was named so. "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."