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Candle blocking Meghan Markle during funeral sparks conspiracy theory

Moments when Meghan Markle was almost entirely blocked by a giant candle during the broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral convinced some viewers that her seat in the pews of Westminster Abbey was an intentional snub.

People watching the BBC’s coverage of the service on Monday noticed that the Duchess of Sussex’s face, which was already partially shielded by her wide-brimmed hat, was almost completely obscured by a thick yellow church candle.

Markle sang a hymn as she stood between her husband Prince Harry and his cousin Princess Beatrice, second in line behind King Charles III and other senior members of the royal family, including the very high vice -Admiral Timothy Laurence, wife of Princess Anne. .

The poorly framed camera shot quickly went viral and was talked about on Twitter.

Meghan, 41, looked grim in a black dress and wide-brimmed hat.
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“I don’t mean to be a conspiracy theorist, but this candle totally blocks Meghan’s view,” one commenter said.

Another joked: “Hiding Meghan Markle behind a huge candle was a genius call. #QueensFuneral.

Some observers have suggested having Prince Harry and his wife seated second row was a deliberate indignity on the part of funeral planners amid the couple’s public falling out with family following their move to California and explosive encounter with Oprah Winfrey.

Harry, who stepped down as a senior royal, was denied the right to wear his military uniform at the funeral.

“I think the location was chosen to make H&M incredibly hard to see,” one Twitter user wrote. “The only camera shot high and close enough to see them has a huge candle in the middle that completely obscures Meghan. No way it wasn’t deliberate.

Candle blocking Meghan Markle during funeral sparks conspiracy theory
Meghan, right, is pictured next to the Princess of Wales and her children.

Prince Harry’s brother William sat in the front row with his wife, Kate, and their two eldest children, George and Charlotte, with the church aisle separating the two estranged siblings.

A palace source told the Post that seating arrangements for the Queen’s grandchildren were made by age, starting with the eldest, Princess Anne’s son Peter, 44, and daughter Zara , 41, who sat in the front row, despite not being members of the royal family. .

Harry and Meghan were placed in the front row facing the coffin during the Queen’s burial service at St George’s Chapel later today.

There has also been speculation that Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, subtly searched Harry and Meghan when he said during his funeral sermon, while looking directly at the couple: “Leaders in loving service are still rarer. But either way, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privilege will be forgotten.

But some pointed out that the pastor’s words could apply to any number of heads of state and politicians present at the funeral.

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