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King Charles III makes mention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in first speech as monarch

King Charles III mentioned his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who are establishing a new life in the United States, in his first speech to the country.

As Harry and Meghan continue to build their lives abroad, the new king said he wanted to “express my love for them.” Additionally, he made mention of his heir, Prince William, and his wife Kate, saying, “With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the center ground where crucial help can be given.”

 

Charles gave his first speech to the nation

 

In a moving tribute to his late parents, he concluded his moving speech by saying: “To my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

We appreciate all that you have done over the years to serve our family and the family of nations with such fervor and love. May “flights of angels sing thee to thy rest” be true for you.

Additionally, Charles affirmed that, like his mother, he would hold office indefinitely, so William would only succeed him after his death.

When Her Majesty passed away on Thursday, Charles and his sister Princess Anne were by her side. After the Queen had passed away, other family members such as Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex, and Prince Harry arrived.

 

Charles started and finished the speech with a tribute to his late mother
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“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” King Charles said in a statement honoring his mother. We deeply lament the loss of a beloved Mother and beloved Sovereign.

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“I am confident that the nation, the Realms, the Commonwealth, and a great number of people all over the world will be devastated by her passing. My family and I will be supported and comforted during this difficult time by the respect and intense love that The Queen was held in by so many people.

 

Meghan and Harry with the Queen
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Charles did not sign the document at the time out of respect for his mother, who had ruled for 70 years.

On Saturday, Charles will be formally crowned king during an Accession Council. The Accession Council meets within 24 hours of the death of a sovereign, typically at St. James’s Palace in London, even though the King has already assumed the title following the passing of his mother.

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