As the procession of cars conveying the senior royals to Westminster passed past the heavily crowded throng that lined the streets of London, there were audible gasps on the London mall. Not at the sight of the ceremonial magnificence for which London is renowned, but rather at the sight of Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan Markle. Who thought it was a good idea for the two women to sit together in the car given their history and everything that has happened before?
Following the royal custom of wearing melancholy clothing during the time of grief, Sophie, who was as composed as usual, dressed for the event in a black long-sleeved belted midi dress. The princess wore a black cap and a silver cross necklace as her only accessories.
The Countess of Wessex honored Queen Elizabeth II at the Westminster Hall ceremony alongside her husband and other members of the royal family, including Kate, Princess of Wales, Queen Consort Camilla, and Princess Beatrice. The former cable TV actress Meghan Markle was sitting in the car, reveling in the spotlight cast by the family who, she claims, treated her horribly during her incredibly brief time there.
Sophie found a lot of solace in Queen Elizabeth II throughout the years. After the monarch’s passing, she and the now-queen consort were the only non-blood relatives left at Balmoral; Sophie had previously been referred to as Elizabeth II’s “second daughter.” They both had a keen interest in military history and were frequently seen spending hours poring over documents in the Royal Archives at Windsor before sharing their findings over afternoon tea and jam sandwiches.
According to a royal expert, Harry is “terrified” that Meghan would leave him alone to attend the funeral.
Meghan, however, cannot be claimed to have done the same because she never gave it enough time to develop any kind of attachment. The king greeted Meghan with wide arms and broke numerous laws to make her feel special and at home. Naturally, Meghan was able to use this information in the infamous interviews with members of the media on all platforms to explain how unwelcoming the family appeared to be, from no one giving her royal style advice or even the words “God Save the Queen,” to everyone only saying “God Save the Queen.”
It’s well known that Sophie no longer has much patience for the former actress, even poking fun of the circumstances surrounding Meghan in the wake of her shocking Oprah appearance.
Speaking to a British tabloid, Sophie, an ex-PR professional, was asked about the interview and said, “Oprah Who?” slamming whatever influence she perceived the chat show queen Oprah Winfrey to have.
Sophie, however, could not bring herself to even look in Sophie’s direction following the sideline jab at the Sussexes’ very last public appearance and recognizing the tremendous anguish that Meghan and Harry had heaped on the queen. Such was the feeling on that fateful event.
DID THEY VIOLATE THE RULES, PRINCE HARRY, AS QUESTIONED BY MEGHAN MARKLE’S “STRIKING” HAND HOLDING?
Returning to this image. Meghan reportedly nearly lost her balance when she learned she would have to share a car with Sophie after all; she had anticipated to go with Prince Harry. But when Harry consented to follow the late queen’s casket, everything changed, and Meghan reportedly had a fleeting “moment.”
One can only guess what she was thinking. Since Sophie worked in PR for years prior to her time as a princess, she is better qualified than most to understand how demanding, inconvenient, and downright egocentric faded queens of Hollywood can be. But to compare the car ride to a ride on a Coney Island roller coaster would be an understatement.
Oprah Winfrey was criticized for supporting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Although no words were exchanged, it seems that Sophie’s decision to share the car with a relative was what so severely damaged her pride in the royal family. When Meghan and Harry were reunited in Westminster Hall, was it any wonder that she was gripping his hand so tightly?
Sophie has kept quiet about the incident to everyone but a small group of people, but a source assures me that she “wanted to do this personally as I do believe in tackling any situation head-on.” What is more intriguing is that Meghan, I’m informed, was “shaken” by the encounter. Sophie’s PR training has prepared her well to handle any challenges that are presented to them.
While it is true that now is not the time for a brickbat, let’s not forget that Ms. Markle was the one who put herself in this precarious PR situation and then, without a shred of compassion, waltzed back to the family she had trashed on television, all the while reminding the public that she had only been “ready to forgive” a month ago in a peculiar but compelling interview with the little-read Cut magazine.
What Meghan overlooked is the fact that Sophie has demonstrated her loyalty to the late queen by stepping up and riding in the car with someone who, along with her husband, has done so much harm to our beloved late queen and her monarchy. How pleased must have the late queen been that Sophie is that girl?