As Queen Elizabeth II’s well being took a flip for the more serious on Thursday, all eyes seemed to be fastened on Britain’s royal household, with many a side-eye evident on the monarch’s grandson Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The previous senior royals have made headlines since stepping again from royal duties in January 2020 and have turn out to be a typical scapegoat for most of the monarchy’s current public-facing complications. (Extra so than her son Prince Andrew’s intercourse crime-adjacent troubles.)
On Thursday, when Buckingham Palace introduced that the 96-year-old ruler had been positioned underneath medical supervision at Balmoral Citadel in Scotland as a result of docs had been “concerned for Her Majesty’s health,” the whereabouts of these within the line of succession got here to the entrance of thoughts. Shortly thereafter, the palace introduced that the longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch in British historical past died peacefully at her summer time residence in Scotland, ending the second Elizabethan Age.
Now-King Charles III, 73, will most likely have a proper coronation within the coming months.
The New York Times reported that Prince Harry — who’s now fifth in line for the British throne behind his brother Prince William and William’s three kids — made the journey to Balmoral. Meghan would keep again in England however nonetheless not attend Thursday’s WellChild Awards. William’s spouse, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, remained in Windsor with their three kids.
However allegations of a rift nonetheless enveloped British and American media. Since saying their transfer away from the crown, different senior royals had been “hurt” by Harry and Meghan’s choice. Extra royal scandals ensued, in addition to the loss of life of the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, final 12 months. However headlines concerning the toll of Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview remained, together with others concerning the couple struggling to seek out their footing overseas and the way Harry was additionally reportedly harm when the queen didn’t embrace an image of his household in her 2019 Christmas speech.
Nonetheless, Harry generally tried to color a prettier image, showing on the “Today” present in April to say that he and his grandmother “have a really special relationship. We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”
And regardless of royal intrigue, the Sussexes had reportedly remained shut with the queen and even named their second baby, daughter Lilibet, after her.
Hypothesis nonetheless ran rampant on-line this week, with observers casting blame on his spouse, accusing the previous “Suits” actor for the decline within the queen’s well being and her loss of life, coupled with scathing evaluations concerning the duchess’ new Spotify podcast and the way it has thrown much more shade on the agency.
Naturally, social media was abuzz with accusations and memes, however many additionally got here to Meghan’s protection.
Right here’s a take a look at a few of the discourse: