Queen’s heartbreaking last birthday message to Prince Harry as he turns 38

Prince Harry is set to spend his birthday undergoing preparations for the Queen's funeral, following her death last week.

It will be a bittersweet day for the Duke of Sussex, who turns 38 today (September 15), with his grandmother passing away just one week ago (September 8).

Her final birthday message to her grandson was for his 37th birthday last year, with Elizabeth II writing a heartfelt message, despite Harry previously making the difficult decision to leave the Royal Family and build a new life for himself and wife Meghan Markle in the US.

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The family's social media accounts uploaded four pictures of Harry on his birthday, including one with Meghan in Australia in 2018 and another of the Duke with schoolchildren in Botswana.

The Queen's final birthday message to Prince Harry read: "Wishing The Duke of Sussex a happy birthday today!"

Given the reportedly fractious relations between Harry and the rest of the Royal Family, no doubt the proceedings will be having an effect on his wellbeing.

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A body language expert claimed that his face looked to "etched in sadness" while marching behind the Queen's coffin.

While the pair were said to have a strong bond, with Harry even going as far to name his daughter Lilibet, which was the Queen's nickname, it will likely bring back memories of his own mother's funeral, which he attended at age 12.

Onlookers noted that Prince Harry was dressed in a black suit rather than wearing uniform like other members of the family.

Despite serving in the Army for 10 years, rising to the rank of captain, and doing two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Harry was stripped of his honorary military roles, including Captain General of the Royal Marines, after he decided to exit his roles an active member of the Royal Family.

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