Prince Harry has revealed the words he said to the Queen on her deathbed at Balmoral Castle last year.
In his upcoming autobiography Spare, Harry reveals details of travelling to the Aberdeenshire castle following the monarch’s death on September 8.
The Daily Mail, which obtained a Spanish copy of the book, reports that the Duke of Sussex whispered to her that he “hoped she was happy” and would be reunited with her husband Philip, who died in April 2021.
Harry flew up to Scotland on September 8, after Buckingham Palace announced that she was gravely ill – but he reached Balmoral after she died aged 96.
In the memoir, the duke describes how he found out the Queen had died on the BBC News website when his flight landed, the Daily Mail reports.
Harry writes that Princess Anne welcomed him to the castle and took him upstairs to his grandmother’s room.
“I advanced with uncertainty and saw her. I stayed still, watching her carefully for a good while,” he writes.
“I whispered that I hoped she was happy and that she was with Grandfather now.
“I said that I admired her for having carried out her duties until the end – the jubilee, the welcoming of the new Prime Minister.”
Harry also reveals that the King refused to allow Meghan to join him at Balmoral, prompting him to tell his father, “Don’t ever speak about my wife that way”, according to the Telegraph.
It comes as revelations from the controversial tell-all book, which was leaked ahead of publication next week and also put on sale early in Spain, continue to emerge.
Other claims in the book include William physically assaulting Harry during an argument over Meghan in Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Ahead of its release, the Duke of Sussex sat down for an interview with Tom Bradby for ITV. A newly released trailer sees Tom question Harry about his decision to discuss his relationships with family members in his autobiography.
In the footage, Harry explains how “staying silent” won’t make things any better with his family and admits that his brother, Prince William, “would probably say all sorts of different things” about the book.
The show, called Harry: The Interview, will be shown on STV and the STV Player at 9pm on Sunday January 8.