It's been a tough few days for Prince William and Prince Harry as they are still mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth, who died on September 8 at 96 years old.
“This is such an intensely difficult time for the princes,” an insider told Us Weekly. “They both adored their grandma and it will take some time to process the reality of her passing.”
“There’s still this horrendous sense of loss and emptiness thinking that she’ll no longer be around,” the source noted, adding that the brothers “console themselves with the fact she’s at peace with their grandfather in heaven and watching over them and in their hearts forever.”
After the Queen's death, Harry gushed over his bond with the late matriarch.
"In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen — and in mourning her loss — we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty," the message stated. "She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: 'Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.'"
He continued, "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III."
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