Meghan Markle’s tears at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral were genuine – and accusations that the Duchess of Sussex and former Suits actress was “faking” are “unfair”, a royal commentator has insisted. Jonathan Sacerdoti was speaking after Meghan was pictured streaming down her cheeks as she watched the Queen’s coffin being driven away from Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Body language expert Adrianne Carter, of The Face Whisperer, responding by telling The Daily Star it was “It’s hard to tell” if the tears were “genuine sadness” adding: “Meghan certainly knows that tears would be spotted and photographed.”
Tom Bower, author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors, told GB News: “The only person that Meghan I think at the moment is crying for is for herself. Certainly not for the Queen.”
However, Mr Sacerdoti, a journalist who is a regular on Sky News, the BBC and other outlets, as well as a contributor to The Spectator, was less sceptical.
He explained: “I always think it’s best to try to take things at face value and give people the benefit of the doubt, especially at difficult moments like those involving grief or the loss of a family member.
“And when that family is Her Majesty the Queen, and with all the tensions within the family, it’s fair to assume that if you have to act out your grief in such a public way, whoever you are, you may find it very difficult, you may well be sad.
“And so I don’t think it’s fair to accuse people of faking when we have no reason or evidence to suggest that that’s the case.
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“We saw photos from public appearances of them together laughing and being what looked certainly genuinely warm to one another.
“So I think there’s plenty of reason why she may be sad.
“And I might add that if she has any regrets at any moment about the allegations made against the Royal Family and the difficult situations that she’s caused for the family, I would say the Queen’s funeral may well be a moment that that might make it out as well.
“Because if she has those regrets, she may well feel sad in the moment of the Queen’s funeral or mourning about having made life difficult in any way either for Her Majesty the Queen or for His Majesty King Charles or any of the rest of the family.
“And even if she doesn’t regret it per se it might make her sad.”
Harry and Meghan have agreed to several high-profile interviews since their departure from Royal life, including a bombshell sit-down with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
During this, they claimed an unnamed Royal speculated about the skin tone of unborn son Archie, and that the institution failed to help a suicidal Meghan.
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is bracing itself for Harry’s forthcoming tell-all book, which he said will be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.
The memoirs are expected to be published in late 2022 by Penguin Random House although a release date is yet to be confirmed.
Before to the Queen’s funeral, Harry and Meghan attended her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June but avoided the limelight for the most of the weekend.
It is still unclear whether they will attend the coronation of Charles III and it remains to be seen whether differences will be put aside in a bid to heal the rift for good and if this would signal a return to them becoming a more permanent fixture once more in future royal events.