President Biden and the First Lady were praised for holding hands as they entered Westminster Abbey for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, after criticism from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for doing the same at the state ceremony last week have been shared. on line.
The first couple’s affectionate display was echoed by Harry and Meghan who then walked hand-in-hand out of the Abbey, which social media users proudly attributed to the Duchess’ American origins.
Sharing a photo of the Bidens at the funeral online, broadcaster Smita Prakash wrote:
“The Bidens walk into the Abbey hand in hand. Meghan probably stifles a smile – yes, we Americans are holding hands. It’s not inappropriate.”
Another user echoed that sentiment, pointing out the hypocrisy of the lack of outrage at the Bidens’ display as opposed to Harry and Meghan’s.
“An observation my roommate just made,” he wrote, “President Joe Biden and Jill Biden were holding hands. Shock horror (people should fire Meghan and Harry) perfectly normal to hold hands to get some support on such occasions or any occasion. #HoldinghandsGate”
Another Twitter user posted: “By the way, President Joe Biden and FLOTUS just walked into Westminster Abbey holding hands. So over to you #Britishmedia and the deranged, lovers hold hands like Prince Harry and Meghan, Eugene and her husband.”
Criticism of Harry and Meghan began on Wednesday after they were pictured walking out of Westminster Hall following a service marking the lie of Queen Elizabeth II, holding hands.
This is nothing new for the couple. In June, they were pictured holding hands at the service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and most recently during Harry’s appearance at the United Nations on Nelson Mandela International Day.
However, some social media users interpreted the intimate gesture as inappropriate for the solemnity of the occasion and the fact that members of the royal family were observing “royal mourning”.
Jesus Enrique Rosas, name behind the YouTube channel The body language guycited a post on social media after the event that suggested the handshake was “disrespectful” and added, “The revival despises tradition and respect, so it’s not surprising.”
Another poster at the time added: “The Royal Family leaves our beloved Queen in Westminster Hall with grace and dignity, except for Harry and Meghan who just have to hold hands like two teenagers in lovesickness. They really piss me off.”
The Queen’s state funeral included a selection of the late monarch’s favorite hymns and lessons with a reading delivered by British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Prince Harry took part in a procession alongside his brother and father from Westminster Hall with the coffin to the Abbey where he joined Meghan for the walk down the aisle.
The couple were seated directly behind King Charles and Queen Camilla, with the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, seated in an adjoining section.
After the abbatial service, the Queen’s coffin was taken to Windsor where, following a burial service at St George’s Chapel, she will finally be buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip, who died in 99 years old in April 2021.