As a result of his departure from the British royal house (and everything they said later about his time there) there was talk of an insurmountable fracture between the youngest son of the now king of England with his paternal family. This included Elizabeth II, who although they always wanted to keep her out of the accusations that both he and the Duchess of Sussex poured on her clan, was her visible head. Hence, it is of particular importance this long-awaited farewell to his “grandma”as you call it.
His statement starts by referring to the institutional. He speaks of a woman who “has acted as a compass for many in the fulfillment of her service and duty.” A monarch “worldwide admired and respected” who, following her death at the age of 96 after seven decades of reign, they are trying to remember for everything he did in life while mourning his loss.
“His unbreakable grace and dignity were a fact during his life and now in his eternal legacy,” he states in this text in which recalls the speech Elizabeth II gave after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, a little over a year ago. “Life, of course, consists of final farewells as well as first meetings,” the queen stressed. A phrase that now her grandson has been engraved on fire.
But let’s go to the emotional of the statement. “Grandma, although this final separation causes us great sadness, I will be eternally grateful for all of our first encounters, from my earliest childhood memories with you, meeting you for the first time as my Commander in Chief, to the first time you met my dear wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildrenThis reference to Meghan Markle and her children Archie and Lilibet, whom they named in her honor and whom her great-grandmother was slow to meet due to their physical and emotional distance, is key.
Granny, although this final separation causes us great sadness, I will be eternally grateful for all our first encounters.
“I appreciate these moments shared with you and the many other special moments that we have lived in between. You are already greatly missed, not only by us, but by the whole world,” he reminded her. “Thank you for your commitment to duty. Thank you for your wise advices. Thank you for your contagious smile. We also smile knowing that you and your grandfather are now reunited and both together and in peace”. Now, recovering that mention of the “first meetings”, his heart is also in his father, Charles of England, who already acts as king after the death of Elizabeth II.