According to Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth was “sad” but unsurprised by his royal departure

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Prince Harry has nothing but utmost affection and adoration for Queen Elizabeth II, the head of the British monarchy.

The Duke of Sussex talks about his late grandmother and their special bond in a new interview with Good Morning America before the publication of his book, Spare. “My grandmother and I had a very good relationship,” he says in response to Michael Strahan’s question on GMA.

Harry responds that his choice “was never a surprise to anybody, least of all her,” when Strahan inquires about the monarch’s reaction to his departure from the royal family in early 2020.

He goes on, “She knew what was going on, she knew how hard it was. She never said to me that she was angry. I think she was sad that it had got to that point.”

On January 8, 2020, Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan made the announcement that they would be stepping down from their positions as senior members of the royal family. Since then, they and their two children have established a life in California.

Harry was estranged from the other senior members of his family, but even after leaving the monarchy, he maintained a strong relationship with Queen Elizabeth. He and Meghan would visit the queen in the United Kingdom on several occasions.

In Spare, he recalls the last words he ever said to her. She was told in a whisper by Harry that he “hoped she would be happy” and that she would soon be with his grandpa, Prince Philip, according to an excerpt from the memoir that was acquired by many media sources. (The queen passed away on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96, while Philip died on April 9, 2021, at the age of 99.)

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