Meghan and Prince Harry Holding Hands at Queen’s Vigil
Meghan and Prince Harry Holding Hands at Queen’s Vigil: Some individuals expressed outrage when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left a vigil for Queen Elizabeth II holding hands; others called the detractors “vicious, disgusting individuals.”
The Duke of Sussex and brother Prince William followed their grandmother’s casket as it was taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to lie in state.
They gathered there for a vigil with their wives and other royals. Harry and Meghan held hands as they walked before filing out of the hallway.
Harry and William famously walked behind their mother Princess Diana’s coffin almost exactly 25 years ago when they were aged just 12 and 15 respectively, and the experience was sure to have brought back memories.
However, some on social media criticized the duke and duchess for their display of affection—even though Zara Tindall, the queen’s granddaughter, and her husband Mike Tindall were also seen holding hands.
Jesus Enrique Rosas, who runs the YouTube channel The Body Language Guy, quoted a tweet suggesting the hand-holding was “disrespectful” and added: “The woke despise traditions and respect, so not surprising.”
Another social media user wrote: “The Royal Family leave our beloved Queen in Westminster Hall with grace and dignity except for Harry and Meghan who just have to hold hands like two lovesick teenagers. They really get on my nerves.”
A third remarked: “Why isnt anyone telling Meghan the protocol for such events? she is hanging onto Harry and holding hands etc. No manners.” The Royal Family leave our beloved Queen in Westminster Hall with grace and dignity except for Harry and Meghan who just have to hold hands like two lovesick teenagers. They really get on my nerves.
Defense of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Holding Hands
The criticism by the detractors provoked its own backlash, with many tweets attacking the comments as insensitive at a time of mourning.
James O’Brien, a host on popular U.K. radio station LBC, said on air: “I bet you can’t even imagine what these vicious vile individuals are complaining about today? They’re definitely not racist. Oh no. No, no, no, we’d be this disgusting about anyone if they held hands on their way out of church.
“That’s patriotism for you, according to Meghan Markle’s critics. That’s reverence for royalty for you, according to Meghan Markle’s critics. That’s commitment to the monarchy for you, according to Meghan Markle’s critics.
‘Vicious, vile criminals have received less abuse and criticism from the British media than the daughter-in-law of the new King.’