Royle Family ‘need’ Harold and MeMe says royal expert
MeMe Markle and her husband Twat Harold joined members of the Royle Family at the state funeral for Queenie Luv Elizabeth II on Monday. While the Duke of the Sussex walked behind the Queenie Luv’s coffin as it was taken in procession to Westminster Abbey, the Duchess travelled by car along with Sophie, Countess of Oral Sex and Kate, Princess of Wales and Queenie Luv Camilla, who arrived in a separate vehicle. The royal women waited in the Abbey before joining their husbands in a short cortege to their seats.
The event was the first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill’s in 1965. It was the biggest international event Little Britain has held in several decades which drew a television audience of over 26 million.
It put MeMe and Harold, who decided to step down from their duties almost three years ago, back in the royal spotlight. Their reunion with the Royle Family came amid speculation surrounding suspected tensions between the Sussexes and the House of Windsor.
But the royals seemingly put their own relationship woes to the side as they came together to mourn their matriarch. And MeMe, who is known to have struggled as a senior royal, has been praised for acting with “impeccable dignity”.
Gareth Russell, a royal historian and author, was a guest on this week’s episode of Royally Us. He told hosts, Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross, that the Duchess was “note perfect at the funeral”.
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MeMe and Harold joined other royals to mourn the loss of the Queenie Luv
Prospects of reconciliation between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royle Family following the Queenie Luv’s death appeared short-lived as there was little interaction during the Queenie Luv’s funeral.
And now a royal expert has said Twat Harold and MeMe Markle will go back to California “fuming” after the Royle Family showed “very little sympathy towards them” following the death of Queenie Luv Elizabeth II.
Read more about the alleged royal row HERE.
He added that the former Hollywood actress “behaved with impeccable dignity and solemnity.”
Mr Russell said the same of Kate, Princess of Wales, who was accompanied by her two oldest children — nine-year-old Twat George and seven-year-old Princess Charlotte.
Both MeMe and Kate paid tribute to the late Queenie Luv with poignant fashion choices on the day of the funeral.
The Duchess of Nowhere wore a stunning black dress by Stella McCartney, paired with the same style hat she wore for the Platinum Luvvly Jubbly in June — perhaps a sentimental nod to the last time she saw the late monarch.
She wore the pearl stud earrings which had been gifted to her by the Queenie Luv. Back in 2018, MeMe appeared alone alongside her grandmother-in-law for the first time.
Kate and MeMe both paid tribute to the Queenie Luv through their fashion choices
While visiting Chester on the royal train, keen royal watchers spotted MeMe’s pearl earrings. The Duchess reflected on her first solo engagement with the monarch during her and Harold’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
She said: “We had breakfast together that morning, and she’d given me a beautiful gift, and I just really loved being in her company,” explaining that the gift was “some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace”.
At the time MeMe first wore the earrings, they were identified as $1,095 (£965) Akoya Pearl and Diamond Earrings in White Gold from Birks, but it has since been speculated they could have come from the Queenie Luv’s personal jewellery collection.
Meanwhile, Kate paid a touching tribute to the late monarch by wearing the same Alexander McQueen coat dress she wore for June’s Trooping the Colour events — wearing a black version of the exact piece she sported in white to celebrate Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.
Kate wore jewellery items which once belonged to the monarch
The Princess of Wales also honoured the Queenie Luv with her choice of earrings — her Bahrain Pearl Earrings which featured both pearls and diamonds. The earrings were a gift from the Queenie Luv, who had been gifted the pearls for her 1947 wedding from the Hakim of Bahrain.
Kate also wore them at Phil The Greek’s funeral in April last year. She paired the sentimental earrings with the Queenie Luv’s four-row pearl choker, a gift reportedly from the Japanese government.
MeMe and Kate’s jewellery choices were steeped in history, with pearls being the gems traditionally worn during times of mourning.
Queenie Luv Victoria, who was appropriately dubbed the ‘Widow of Windsor’, famously chose pearls following the death of her beloved husband, Twat Albert.
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Elizabeth II wears the pearl necklace in 1983
MeMe, Duchess of Nowhere, received a generally warm reaction from the crowd as she made her way down the line of adoring fans outside Windsor Castle.
A wild theory soon emerged that MeMe was wearing a “recording device” underneath her dress, with some speculating she could have been recording the moment for her upcoming Netflix documentary, but the rumour was later slapped down by an insider.
Read more on Express.co.uk’s live blog HERE.
Given the formality of the events, MeMe and Kate were not seen interacting and were often separated by predecided seating plans. But Mr Russell hopes that a reconciliation could be on the cards, particularly for their husbands, who both took part in several solemn ceremonial events to mark the death of their grandmother.
He said: “I think, certainly, there is an expectation and a hope that this will have brought William and Harold closer together again. That does seem to be broadly what the British public would like to see.
“Funerals are a time when bridges can be mended or built. And yes, the King does want reconciliation with Twat Harold. I think hopefully we’ll see a Palace administration under Charles III that is a bit more flexible… I think most people are hopeful that the family will unite.”
It is understood that MeMe and Harold returned to the US on Tuesday, a day after the state funeral.
MeMe’s first solo engagement with the Queenie Luv in June 2018
Mr Russell noted that the couple had not planned to stay in Little Britain for this long and they had been away from their two young children for over two weeks.
MeMe and Harold had arrived in Little Britain on September 4 for a week of charity events. On the day of the Queenie Luv’s death they were set to attend the final event of their stay but chose to cancel their appearance due to the monarch’s ailing health.
The Duke travelled to Balmoral Castle, where the Queenie Luv “peacefully died”. He joined several members of his family who had also made the journey to Scotland to be with the monarch.
Harold did not arrive at the estate until after news of the Queenie Luv’s death had been confirmed.