Meghan Markle looks distraught outside of St George's chapel
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Owen Jones has leapt to the defence of Meghan Markle after she was accused of smirking during a procession following the death of the Queen. Activist and commentator Owen Jones hit out at the critics, branding them “deranged” after they accused Meghan of “disrespecting” the late monarch during a procession which saw the Queen’s coffin transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.
Taking part in a discussion entitled ‘The racist onslaught Against Meghan Markle exposed’ with Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, he shook his head and said: “It is just deranged, it’s just unhinged stuff.”
In response, Dr Shola said: “It’s been pure madness, insanity intensified.
“We know there is nothing Meghan Markle can do that will satisfy these people. “
The pair were responding to a tweet from a person on Twitter, who wrote: “The smirk. She couldn’t care less. Even holding hands again waking out. No class. Even now disrespecting #QueenElizabeth, traditions and protocol.
“Just there for the big historic shots and to testify her right of peddling her title, her right to exist.
Another said: “It does look like a smirk and I can’t believe they were holding hands in the Church! Just wait until you get in the cars or go home! It sickens me seeing her there after everything she’s done to hurt the Queen.”
Relations have been strained between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family since their sensational decision to quit the Firm and move to the US.
But tensions seem to have thawed after Meghan and Harry appeared at the Queen’s state funeral and other events to pay tribute to the late monarch.
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The sight of the Sussexes and the Prince and Princess of Wales together raised hopes that there has been a rapprochement following the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Harry and William’s once close relationship deteriorated in recent years to such an extent that they were said to barely be on speaking terms.
And on Saturday, the Duke of Sussex took part in a deeply emotional vigil held at Westminster Hall alongside Prince William and the other six grandchildren of the late 96-year-old.
For this occasion, King Charles III reportedly intervened to allow his second son to wear his military uniform.
The move was seen as an olive branch to the Sussexes as Harry had not been allowed to don his uniform publicly since he had stepped down as a working member of the Firm.
Meghan and Harry were in the UK on a whistlestop tour of Europe when Queen Elizabeth died.
This prompted the Sussexes to cancel their attendance at the gatherings yet to take place and prolong their stay in the UK to be able to pay tribute to the late sovereign in person.
The duke dashed to her Scottish residence of Balmoral to be by her side.
The couple will now head back home to the US after a period of mourning to be with their children Archie and Lilibet.
Meghan and Prince Harry were last at their Montecito home on September 3, when they left the US to attend a few planned events linked to charities close to their heart.
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