Prince Harry’s new book reveals the final words he said to his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, when he arrived at her deathbed hours after her passing last September.
In his upcoming memoir, “Spare,” which comes out on Jan. 10, Harry says he whispered to his late grandmother that he “hoped she would be happy” and that she would be with his grandfather, Prince Philip, who passed away a year prior at age 99.
He also writes that he told her he “admired her for having fulfilled her duties until the very end,” in reference to her attendance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier in the summer.
Harry continues, writing that he walked out of his late grandmother’s room at Balmoral in Scotland, calling his wife, Meghan Markle, to let her know he had arrived safely.
On Sept. 8, Prince Harry notably arrived at Balmoral Castle hours after the queen had passed away at the age of 96. At the time, Page Six reported that the royal had learned of the queen’s death from the news rather than from family members or palace officials.
Harry and Markle had been in Germany promoting the Invictus Games when he heard the news that her health was failing and rushed to be by her side, arriving too late to say his final goodbyes to the queen.
Harry would attend the 10-day period of mourning for the queen, accompanied by his wife. Harry and Markle publicly reunited with Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton for the first time since March of that year, paying tribute to the queen outside Windsor Castle.
At the time, it was believed that William had extended the invite to his estranged brother and his wife.
“We are all very grateful – both sides putting all things aside for the Queen,” a royal source told Page Six.
Tensions have been high between the brothers since Harry and Markle exited the royal family in 2020, moving to California where they live with their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
While their reunion seemed to present a small hope for reconciliation, Markle and Harry have since given several interviews about William and other members of the royal family, leaving little room for repair.
Harry’s new novel has already stirred up controversy, as the wayward prince made several claims that could be incredibly damaging to the royal family. Among these were claims that William physically attacked him after the two got into an argument over Markle and 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 refers to William at one point as his “beloved brother and archnemesis.”
Harry’s claims don’t stop with his brother — he also goes after his father, King Charles III. He claims in his book that the new monarch told his mother, Princess Diana, on the day he was born, “Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare — my work is done.”
Charles maintains that he has tried to make amends with his younger son, reportedly inviting him and his wife to the upcoming coronation. Harry has declined to confirm if they will be in attendance.
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