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In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a group photo at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Image Credit: AP

London: Prince Harry on Monday paid tribute to his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, calling her his “guiding compass” and vowing to “honour” his father in his new role as King Charles III.

In his first public comments since the queen’s death, Harry, 37 - who quit royal duties to relocate to the United States in early 2020 - said he was “forever grateful” to her and said she was “sorely missed”.

"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," he said.

"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."