During the state burial of the queen, photographs of Meghan Markle wiping a tear off her cheek went viral on social media.
Henry Charles Albert David, also known as Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his actress wife Rachel Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, reconciled with the rest of the royal family during the funeral.
While the royal family and the rest of the country mourn Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the pair put on a united front.
On Monday, September 19, 2022, several dozen heads of state and European and Asian royal families attended Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and burial following her death on September 8.
A working royal couple, they abdicated their titles of “His Royal Highness” and “Her Royal Highness” in February of 2021.
The Queen stated, “I want to thank them for all their diligent work across this country, the Commonwealth, and beyond.” She also made note of Meghan Markle’s fast incorporation into the royal family at the time.
Photographs of Meghan Markle crying at the burial went viral on Monday, prompting jokes that she wasn’t truly moved by the occasion. The Daily Mail said that TV broadcaster Karl Stefanovic said “allegedly” when reviewing the photos with his co-anchor Allison Langdon and royal photographer Chris Jackson in front of Buckingham Palace.
“It’s hard to discern if the tears are genuine sadness but Meghan surely knows that tears would be observed and photographed,” body language expert Adrianne Carter told the Daily Star.
She claimed that the American in the photo lacked the facial emotions “which would be activated with genuine emotional responses” because of the lack of muscular movement in his face.
As for Markle’s possible lack of display of emotion, Carter added that this was likely the case.
Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken out about the negative effects that the constant attention on their relationship has had on their mental health, and they have condemned the online and offline assaults that Markle has endured since the couple first began dating.