Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8 at the age of 96. Despite the fact that Harry stepped down as a senior member of the royal family and his family moved to California, he and the Queen remained close. When Harry’s royal exit was announced in 2020, Elizabeth made it clear that Harry, Meghan Markle and their children “will always be dearly loved members of my family.”
Elizabeth also referred to Harry as her “most beloved grandson,” and we can’t help but remember all the sweet moments they shared together, especially now with the release of his Netflix documentaries Harry & Meghan. From leading the way at Trooping the Color to exchanging inside jokes on royal engagements, it’s clear that Harry and his grandmother had an inseparable bond.
When Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, Elizabeth protected him and William from the press by “deliberately removing the newspapers” so they “didn’t know what was going on.”
And when Harry was asked to describe their dynamic in an interview a few years ago, he said he sees her “more as the Queen” than his grandmother. “You have so much respect for your boss and I always see her as my boss but occasionally also as a grandmother.” Take a look at some of their best moments together.