On Saturday, Meghan Markle appeared with her husband, Prince Harry, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The estranged Duchess of Sussex seemed quite out of place at the event, particularly after publically bashing the royal family.
Markle, 41, was greeting mourners outside of Windsor Castle who came to pay their respects to the late Queen. As she walked alongside the crowd gathered outside of the castle, a few members of the crowd snubbed Markle, ignoring her and refusing to shake her hand.
In one of the videos being shared on social media, one woman, standing at the front of the crowd, appears to intentionally avoid eye contact and refrain from extending her hand as Markle passes by.
Lady in blue & others ARE ALL OF US. They refuse to shake hands with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Netflix.#GoHomeMeghanMarkle
— Yoru Barman (@heg_emon) September 11, 2022
Another awkward moment for the Duchess occurred when she refused to give up the flowers being handed to her by the mourners. After being handed bouquets to set with the rest of the tributes to the beloved Queen, a royal aide came to take the flowers from her. However, she refused the gesture and indicated that she would like to set the flowers down herself.
Shortly after, another aide came up and took the flowers from Harry, then spoke to Harry who had Meghan hand her bouquets over as well.
Many are criticizing Meghan for wanting to hold onto the flowers so she could be photographed placing down all of the bouquets as a tribute to the Queen, accusing her of trying to manufacture the “perfect photo op.”
“The big guns had to step in when Meghan refused to let go of the flowers the first aide tried to take from her as she herself wanted to walk them over to the other tributes,” said one Twitter user, who also included videos of the awkward interactions.
The first aide tried unsuccessfully to take the flowers from her. pic.twitter.com/4w32pNPrek
— squishyhugz (@squishyhugz) September 11, 2022
Another person tweeted, “She wanted it for the optics but it got squashed by people who know exactly what she’s trying to achieve. I’m thinking so she gets the money shot when she places the flowers down with the other floral tributes.”
In the wake of the Queen’s passing, the royal family appears to be attempting to extend an olive branch to Meghan and Harry, despite their recent conflict. In his first address to the nation, King Charles III said, “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”
Prince William was also reportedly the one who extended the invitation for Harry and Meghan to join them at the Windsor Castle event.
On Monday, Harry released a statement on the passing of his grandmother, saying,
“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. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed.”
Markle has not yet released a statement on the Queen’s death.