Today’s show host Karl Stefanovic continued to joke about his father following coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.
Karl, 48, joked that Princess Charlotte, seven, could have been upset about more materialistic things after photos of her appearing to cry at the service went viral.
“She could have cried at seven because her parents didn’t walk her through the McDonald’s drive-thru,” he suggested.
‘Yes of course!’ added Russell Myers, the royal editor of the British newspaper Daily Mirror. ‘Or she was hungry or something.’
In the viral photo, Charlotte wiped her eyes and was comforted by her mother Catherine, Princess of Wales after saying goodbye to her great-grandmother.
Stefanovic’s joke wasn’t his first reference to a member of the royal family breaking down in tears at the service.
At the start of the show, he also made the unfounded suggestion that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wasn’t actually crying when she was pictured wiping away tears.
Stefanovic put his verdict on Meghan’s public display of sentiment in just one word – “apparently” – and it wasn’t lost on his co-host Allison Langdon.
The moment came as Stefanovic and Langdon spoke to royal photographer Chris Jackson outside Buckingham Palace around 9:20pm local time, or 6:20am on Tuesday in eastern Australia.
Stefanovic noted that several photos from the funeral are open to interpretation, particularly as to whether certain members of the royal family were crying.
He hinted that pictures of Meghan wiping away tears might be misleading.
“There was a lot of photos and interpretations of photos and reading into photos [meanings] that may or may not be true,’ he said.
“There’s a couple from Meghan, um, with a tear running down her face – apparently – and even one from Princess Charlotte who everyone said was crying and we don’t know if that’s true or not. “
When Stefanovic cast doubt on Meghan’s tearful performance with the word ‘apparently’, Langdon gave a nervous smile and then gave him a knowing look.
Meghan cried as she watched Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin being carried out of Westminster Abbey in London on Monday after a remarkable funeral attended by the great and good from around the world.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, dabbed her cheek during the emotional moment as she stood alongside Camilla, Queen Consort, Catherine, Princess of Wales and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Earlier, Meghan walked into the abbey behind the Queen’s coffin in a somber procession. In front of her were Catherine, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Before the service, the Duchess briefly stood alongside Kate, George and Charlotte as she watched Elizabeth II’s coffin being placed on the altar.
She and Harry then took their second row seats alongside Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
In the front row, alongside Charles and Camilla, were the Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence; Prince Andrew; Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex; the Prince and Princess of Wales with George and Charlotte; Peter Phillips; and Zara and Mike Tindall.
Later, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Meghan and Harry were shown to their seats by the Princess of Wales as she, William and Charlotte stepped aside to lead them to their stateroom.
The Queen made her final journey from Westminster Hall to the church, where she was married and crowned, as Britain mourned the loss of its longest-serving monarch and the royals said goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her coffin was placed near the altar with her crown, orb and scepter on top, surrounded by flowers dedicated to King Charles III. Chose from gardens she loved.
A card in the flowers on the coffin read simply: “In loving and devoted memory. Karl R’