Long live the King, the Queen is dead.
If you last lived under a mountain of a rock for the past week or so, it’s implausible that you are unaware of Queen Elizabeth’s passing.
News of the Queen’s passing began circulating on Thursday of last week. She had been the subject of alarming reports that she was ill all day. The gravity of the information was demonstrated when royals from the UK and other countries began to visit the monarch at her Balmoral residence.
From Winston Churchill to the recently appointed Liz Truss, 15 prime ministers held office during Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Undoubtedly, Her Majesty will rank among, if not the most, iconic figures in British history.
The statement from Buckingham Palace was released on Thursday night.
“The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon at Balmoral. The King and the Queen Consort will spend this evening and tomorrow at Balmoral before departing for London. “.
At 6:30 p. m. At half-mast local time, the flag atop Buckingham Palace was lowered, and as is customary, a notice of the Queen’s demise was posted on the gates of the palace.
Formerly known as the Prince of Wales, Charles is currently the King of the United Kingdom and the 14 Commonwealth nations. He is the Queen’s eldest son and rightful heir.
King Charles issued a statement in which he and all other family members expressed their “greatest sadness” at the passing of his cherished mother, Her Majesty the Queen.
“We deeply lament the loss of a beloved Mother and cherished Sovereign. I’m confident that the nation, the Realms, the Commonwealth, as well as a sizable portion of the global population, will all feel her loss very keenly. “.
King Charles continued, “My family and I will be comforted and sustained during this time of mourning and change by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held. “.
Naturally, the royal family has drawn attention on a level almost unheard of in the wake of the Queen’s passing. Given that she ruled for an incredible 70 years, it is hardly surprising.
However, headlines in media outlets around the globe have been focused on more than Queen Elizabeth.
More than just the king and his immediate family make up the British royal family. It is a true institution whose members are observed and followed daily.
Of course, there are instances in which a thorough examination is, to put it bluntly, excessive. Princess Diana’s tragic story, which was relentlessly covered by the media to the point where it negatively impacted her happiness, serves as evidence of this.
Before deciding to permanently renounce her status as a royal and move to the US, Meghan Markle almost met the same end.
Even though it was done with the best of intentions, it did cause some conflict between Harry and Meghan and the royal family, but it was nothing compared to what happened after their now-famous sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In July 2020, Meghan and Harry moved into their new home in Montecito, California. Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ellen DeGeneres are just a few celebrities who have made this place their home when they want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
The couple did everything they could to stay out of the spotlight after leaving the UK. But everything changed when they sat for their first significant primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The course of events then underwent a significant change.
Meghan and Harry opened the door for much criticism in their interview with Oprah, but the damage was already done because they levelled several unexpected accusations.
Meghan revealed that relatives were worried about Archie’s skin colour when he was born. “.
Unquestionably, it was one of the most astounding revelations from the interview.
“Harry told me that and I heard it. Those were the discussions his relatives had with him, Meghan said. Since disclosing their identities would be extremely damaging to them, she chose not to. “.
In a statement, Queen Elizabeth said that the Royal Family would address claims of racism at Buckingham Palace. ‘.
The Queen said, “The full extent of how difficult the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan is saddened to learn.”.
“The issues brought up, especially the one regarding race, are troubling. While some accounts may differ, the family takes them very seriously and will address them in private. Family members Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be adored. “.
Harry’s relationship with his family, especially with his brother Prince William and his father, now King Charles, suffered greatly due to the Oprah interview.
The parties’ relationships have yet to warm up since then.
Sources claim that Harry’s status as an outsider was further solidified when he arrived at Balmoral on the day the Queen passed away. According to reports, he was not invited to join King Charles and Prince William for dinner on Thursday night, so he ate with the rest of the family.
However, the same reports state there is now some hope that Harry can mend fences with his father and brother.
It has long been said that if Harry’s grandmother passed away, he might be able to rejoin the royal family. Charles’ future role has yet to be made clear, but he is sure to be aware of the power of a monarchy free from conflict, division, and internal strife.
Whatever the case, reports claim that Harry paid tribute to his late grandmother while extending a hand of amity to King Charles.
Harry and Charles haven’t spoken to one another in a while—some stories even imply that they haven’t—but it seems like efforts are being made to mend their relationship.
In a statement published on the website of the Archewell Foundation, which he and Meghan established, Harry pledged to honour his father.
And when it comes to first meetings, we now respect my father in his new role as King Charles III, the message said.
The preparations for the burial are well underway, and Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they intend to stay in the UK until after it.
They may fly their two children, Archie and Lilibet, and their maternal grandmother, Doria Ragland, across the Atlantic, as this implies.
“The family has already been apart for more than a week, and it will be another eight days before the state funeral. The royal mourning period, which lasts seven days after the service, will be over when Meghan and Harry leave. “.
The once-unbreakable bond between the two princes might be repaired while Harry is still in the UK. Reports claim that William and Kate invited Harry and Meghan to greet visitors and see the floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace in memory of the Queen.
William is believed to have wanted to end any hostilities and put on a united front with his younger brother.
The idea is that after seeing Princess Diana’s sons walking side by side once more, the boys will finally put any lingering resentment behind them.
I’m not sure how you feel about it, but I wish Prince Harry the best in reuniting with his family and moving on from the past.
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