The Duchess of Sussex has described Queen Elizabeth II as the “shining example” of female leadership as she reflects on the death of the late monarch.
Queen Elizabeth died at her estate of Balmoral in Scotland on September 8, aged 96, of old age.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in the UK at the time for several charity events and extended their stay to attend the Queen’s state funeral.
Reflecting on the loss in a new interview with VarietyMeghan Markle said the outpouring of love for the monarch after her death is a testament to her 70-year legacy.
In the days leading up to the Queen’s funeral, the queue to view her coffin in state reached 10 miles in length. More than 29 million people in the UK watched the live broadcast of his funeral.
“I’m so grateful that I was able to be with my husband to support him, especially during this time,” Meghan said.
“Certainly, in terms of female leadership, she [the Queen] is the brightest example of what that looks like.
Meghan added that Harry found comfort knowing his grandmother was now “reunited with her husband”.
The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021.
Speaking about her relationship with the Queen, Meghan said she felt “deep gratitude to have been able to spend time with [the Queen] and get to know it”.
There have been numerous rift rumors between Harry and Meghan and senior royals since the couple announced in January 2020 that they would be stepping down as senior members.
Saying the couple had a positive relationship with the Queen, Meghan said: ‘I thought about that first official engagement I had with her, how special it was. I’m feeling lucky.
“And I continue to be proud to have had some lovely warmth with the family matriarch.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Meghan shared a rare insight into her family life with Harry.