Prince Harry revealed the final words he whispered to his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, upon arriving at her deathbed hours after her passing last September.
In his controversial memoir, Spare, which has been leaked ahead of its January 10 release, Harry says he told his late grandmother in a whisper that he “hoped she would be happy” and that she would be with his grandfather, Prince Philip, who had died a year prior at age 99.
Harry also writes in the book that he told her he “admired her for having fulfilled her duties until the very end,” referencing her attendance at The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations that summer.
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The Duke of Sussex continues, writing that he walked out of his late grandmother’s room at Balmoral in Scotland and called his wife Meghan Markle to let her know he had arrived safely.
Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, had been in Germany promoting the Invictus Games when he heard her health was failing and rushed to be by her side. But Harry arrived too late and didn’t get to say his final goodbyes to the Queen.
He did, however, attend the 10-day period of mourning for the Queen, accompanied by his wife.
After her death, Harry and Markle publicly reunited with William and Middleton for the first time since March of that year to pay tribute to the Queen outside of Windsor Castle.
It was reported at the time William extended the invite to his estranged brother and wife.
Tensions have been high between the brothers since Harry and Markle exited the royal family in 2020 and moved to California where they now reside with their two kids: Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
While their reunion seemed to present a glimmer of hope for reconciliation between the two, Markle and Harry have since given several interviews about William and other members of the royal family that leave little room for repair.
Harry has made several claims in his new memoir including accusations that William physically attacked him after the got into an argument over Markle.
He claimed that the Prince and Princess of Wales played a role in his decision to wear a Nazi uniform to a costume party in 2005. He also referred to William as his “beloved brother and arch-nemesis.”
Harry also went after his dad, King Charles III, in his book, saying that the reigning monarch told his mother, Princes Diana, on the day that he was born, “Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare — my work is done.”
Charles, however, maintains that he has tried to make amends with his younger son. Harry and Markle are reportedly invited to King Charles’ coronation, but the Duke has declined to confirm if they will be in attendance.
This story originally appeared on New York Post and was reproduced with permission
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