At this point, everyone knows that there has been a rift in the royal family ever since Meghan Markle married Prince Harry. So, it comes as no real surprise that there was drama at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday, particularly when it came to the seating arrangements.
When Meghan came into the picture, Prince Harry stepped down from his royal duties and thus was stripped of his military titles. This means that he is not permitted to be in uniform for military events, which include state funerals.
Prince Andrew also had his military titles removed in the wake of sex-trafficking accusations and a sexual abuse lawsuit. However, Buckingham Palace announced last week that Andrew would be allowed to wear his military uniform to the queen’s funeral, but no exception was made for Harry until just one day before the vigil.
Nevertheless, both wore suits in lieu of military uniforms at Monday’s funeral, and neither was permitted to join the rest of their family members in a salute to the queen’s coffin.
There was also a lot of chatter about the seating arrangements at the funeral. While Prince William, Kate Middleton, and other close family members were seated in the front row at Westminster Abbey, Meghan and Harry were pushed to the end of the second row.
Prince Harry has also come under intense scrutiny after he appeared to stop singing “God Save the King” at the end of the funeral. Some critics insist that this was an intentional snub of his father, who he has openly blamed for bringing him “pain and suffering.”
— Kieran (@kierknobody) September 19, 2022