Prince Harry paid tribute on Thursday to his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on the first anniversary of her death.
When presenting the Inspirational Child Award at the 2023 WellChild Awards in the UK, the Duke of Sussex said: “As you know I was unable to attend the awards last year as my grandmother passed away.
“As you probably also know, she would have been the first person to insist that I always come with you all instead of going up to her,” Harry, 38, added.
“And that’s precisely why I know, exactly one year later, that she looks down on us all tonight, glad we’re together, continuing to shine a light on such an amazing community.”
Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were due to attend the WellChaild Awards last year when they learned of the Queen’s death on September 8. She was 96 years old.
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At the time, the Invictus Games founder rushed to Balmoral in Scotland to be with his grandmother alongside his brother Prince William.
However, Markle, 42, did not travel with her husband.
The Duchess of Sussex was however present at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, which took place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London.
Markle could be seen wiping tears from her eyes as the oldest monarch’s coffin was transferred to a hearse for its final journey to Windsor Castle.
Despite their closeness at the time, things have been strained between the ousted couple and the rest of the family since the former announced they were stepping back from their royal duties in 2020.
At the time, Princess Diana’s youngest son and the ‘Suits’ alum said they wanted to take on a ‘progressive new role’ and step down from their roles as ‘senior’ royals.
The tension only escalated when Harry and Markle released their explosive Netflix documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan’.
The following month, Harry published his explosive memoir, ‘Spare’, in which he spoke out against his family.