On Wednesday, when the British royal family gathered to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, all eyes were on Meghan Markle as she rode in a vehicle with Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the procession of the queen’s coffin.
Since Prince Harry and Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, retired from their official responsibilities in 2020 and Markle attacked the royal family for allegedly mistreating her in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, rumors of a family feud have spread like wildfire.
Fox News stated that Markle and Sophie traveling in the same car sparked controversy because Sophie, the wife of the queen’s son Edward, was particularly close to Elizabeth and has been regarded as her “second daughter.”
According to royal analysts, Markle exhibited trepidation upon learning that she would be riding with the countess.
“I am told Meghan almost buckled when informed she would be sharing a car with Sophie — after all, she had expected to drive in with her husband Prince Harry. But when he agreed to walk behind the coffin of the late queen all that changed, causing Meghan to have, some say, a slight ‘moment,’” as reported by Fox’s Neil Sean.
Sophie, who had years of expertise in public relations prior to joining the royal family, is believed to have decided to ride with Markle in order to confront her concerns “head-on.”
There appeared to be no talk in the automobile.
“One can only assume what her thoughts were. After all, Sophie knows more than most, having spent years in PR previous to her royal life, just how demanding, distracting and downright self-centered faded queens of showbiz can be. But to say the car ride was like a trip on a roller coaster on Coney Island would be an understatement,” Sean continued.
The automobile journey reportedly left Markle “shaken.”
It does not appear that Markle has gained support in the two years after Harry and Markle stepped away from their royal responsibilities.
Prior to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s return to the U.K. for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities, Newsweek claimed that over half of British residents had an unfavorable opinion of Markle.
“The Duchess of Sussex is liked by 26 percent and disliked by 47 percent giving her a net approval rating of -21,” the source stated.
With Markle’s latest appearances during the queen’s memorial ceremonies, Sean has not only relayed what he has heard from sources and other royal experts, but he has also heaped criticism on the former actress.
“Let’s not forget that it was indeed Ms. Markle who put herself into this dire PR position and then, without a shred of compassion, waltzed back to the family that she trashed on TV, all while reminding the public that she was ‘ready to forgive’ only last month with a strange yet compelling interview with the little read Cut magazine,” he wrote.
He also praised the Countess of Wessex for sticking to her duty, even if that duty is sharing a car ride with someone who has publicly bashed her family.
“What Meghan failed to realize is that the family she clearly loathes … stick together and Sophie has proven her devotion to the late queen in stepping up and sitting in the car with someone who, along with her husband, has achieved so much damage to our beloved late queen and her monarchy,” Sean wrote.