Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands in new photos taken 3 days before the Queen’s death

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured here in June, are seen leaving a service honoring the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. (Photo: Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

New images of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, taken just days before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, have been released.

Photographer Misan Harriman posted a pair of images of the couple on her Instagram on Monday – one in black and white and the other in color – showing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 38 and 41, moments before attending the opening ceremony of Summit One Young World in Manchester on 5 September.

Queen Elizabeth II died three days later, on 8 September.

While attending the summit, which aims to empower young leaders around the world, the couple took part in a roundtable on gender equality and inclusion. Markle also gave the keynote speech – her first in England since she and Harry stepped back from their senior royal roles in March 2020.

“It’s great to be back in the UK, and it’s great to be back with you all at One World,” Markle began her speech. Recalling her first attendance at the summit in 2014, she revealed that she felt “under siege” at the time, sitting next to world leaders, humanitarians and activists she had admired for a long time.

The Duchess said she was “probably like all of you” when she attended the summit for the first time, describing herself as “young, ambitious, standing up for what I believed in deeply and profoundly in them”.

“Have any of you had that feeling today so far, that moment of pressure, where you just go, ‘How am I here?'” she asked the crowd. “There are many, and at that dinner, there were about 20 to 30 of us counselors, and then there was me, the girl from Fits,” she said with a smile.

“I am delighted that my husband is able to be here with me this time, to be able to see and see firsthand my appreciation for this organization and all that it does,” said she “One Young World had been an integral part of my life for many years before I met him, so when I meet him again here on UK soil by my side it feels full circle.”

Harriman also shared photos of the couple who participated in the roundtable on her Instagram on Friday.

“Great atmosphere earlier this month at the gender equality panel discussion hosted by @oneyoungworld in Manchester,” he captioned the photo, showing the couple in good spirits.

A few days after the summit began, Harry paid tribute to his “Grandma” in a statement released after her death, thanking her for the “sound advice” he had received over the years.

“As we celebrate the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen – and mourn her loss – we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty,” Harry wrote on Archewell’s website. “She was admired and respected around the world. Her unfailing grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and is now her eternal legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, words that bring comfort to us all. now: ‘Life is, of course, the last partings as well as the first meetings.'”

“Dear Mom, although this final parting saddens us, I am forever grateful for all our first meetings – from my earliest memories of being with you, to meeting you for the first time as my boss in charge, until the first moment you met. my dear wife and hugs to your beloved grandchildren,” he said. “I appreciate these times shared with you, and the many other special occasions in between.

“And as it comes to the first meetings,” he said, “we are now honoring my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your dedication to your service. Thank you for your sound advice. Thank you for your infectious smile. We smile too knowing that you and grandpa are now together again, and both together in peace.”

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