- Members of the royal family attended a short gala to honor Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday.
- Some observers have criticized Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for holding hands while leaving the service.
- Others noted that Zara Tindall and other relatives held hands at similar ceremonies.
Royal fans have criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for holding hands as they left the award ceremony Queen Elizabeth II.
Less than a week after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, members of the royal family were He walked behind the coffin of the queen On Wednesday during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, the coffin will remain in good condition until Funeral on September 19.
The royal family stayed at Westminster Hall for a 20-minute service before exiting the building and escorting them out of the building. shots The service was shared on the royal family’s official YouTube account.
However, after the service, some critics began calling out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for holding hands as they left the service.
One social media user: “The royal family leaves our beloved Queen at Westminster Hall with kindness and dignity except for Harry and Meghan who have to hold hands like two loving teenagers. They really get on my nerves.” Wrote.
else added: “They can’t keep their hands by their side for two seconds of mourning for the Queen (as if Meghan would care anyway)??? Although it’s unsurprising because they never fail to honor protocol and the Queen.”
Soon after, social media users defended the couple by noting that other members of the royal family had engaged in similar displays of affection. Pictures showed Zara Tindall, the daughter of Princess Anne holding hands with husband Mike Tindall during the service.
As people mentioned Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021Princess Beatrice was photographed holding hands with her husband, Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi, as they left the funeral.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The couple faced media backlash during their trip to New York City in September 2021, despite doing some of the same things that Prince William and Kate Middleton did during their 2014 trip, According to Samantha Grendel of Insider.
Prince Harry and Markle have been criticized for wearing black to visit the 9/11 Museum in New York City – although this is a common practice – while observers have praised Middleton for wearing a bright pink coat during her previous trip. daily mail She wrote that Middleton was “fighting the gloomy weather” in her dress.
The Daily Mail also paid tribute to Prince William and Middleton for staying at the Carlisle Hotel during their trip, writing in the headline, “Kate lands with a bump: Pregnant Duchess arrives at Diana’s favorite New York hotel while royal couple lands in Big Apple.”
When Prince Harry and Markle stayed at the same hotel during their visit, the post wrote: “The royal couple leaves children in Los Angeles to enjoy drinks at the luxury bar inside the $1,300-per-night Carlisle Hotel to begin their three-day visit to New York City.”
Previously, Insider’s Michaela Friel reported That Prince Harry and Markle are often scrutinized for doing the same things as their royal counterparts is largely due to Markle’s ethnicity. According to royal expert Kristen Mainzer, the press may focus on Markle because she is unlike the rest of the aristocracy.
“Unlike them, she’s American, self-made, and black,” she told Ferrell. “Unlike most of them, she has a history of working hard and speaking openly about the kinds of human rights they’re afraid to touch for fear of looking ‘controversial’.
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