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Meghan and Harry holding hands at Queen’s funeral defended by British comedian

A British comedian has defended the hand of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at official events commemorating the death of Queen Elizabeth II, after the couple were criticized for the gesture on social media.

Jason Manford, a prominent British comedian from Manchester, hit out at the critics on Twitter on Thursday while commenting on another social media drama that has sprung up in the wake of the Queen’s death, about two TV presenters accused of ‘skipping the line’. queue” to see the lie in state as members of the public waited in line for more than 14 hours.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, two popular magazine anchors, This morningare facing a storm of criticism after being filmed bypassing the queue for those lying in state while other celebrities such as David Beckham waited with everyone else.

The presenters have since said they were taken to Westminster Hall, where the Queen’s coffin was placed ahead of the state funeral, under arrangements made for members of the media, to cover the event for their show . It didn’t do much to cause a stir with a change.org petition calling for the two to be fired, reaching over 60,000 signatures.

Manford expressed his opinion on Twitter that there may be bigger global issues than the This morning drama.

“Putin is threatening us with nukes, the cost of living, fuel at record prices, a rudderless government, food bank queues, but why are people crying? I wish I had the problems of these people!” hi wrote.

In response, one fan expressed relief that the focus had shifted from Harry and Meghan’s hand to hand at the Queen’s service and funeral on Monday, which had dominated social media.

“At least they stopped crying about Harry and Meghan holding hands,” they wrote.

“Ha yeah imagine holding someone’s hand at their grandmother’s funeral!” said Manford. “The uproar shouldn’t be that someone held her hand at her grandmother’s funeral, it’s that no one held her at her mother’s house.”

The Sussexes have been photographed holding hands twice at official events held to commemorate the Queen’s life.

After the couple walked hand-in-hand from Westminster Hall after the first of them, the September 14 lying service, Jesus Enrique Rosas, the name of YouTube channel The Body Language Guy, quoted a post about the social media who said the handshake was “disrespectful” adding: “The woke despise traditions and respect so not surprising.”

Another Twitter user 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 struggling teenagers of love. They really piss me off.”

Commentary on the gesture was revived at the state funeral on Monday when President Biden and the First Lady held hands at Westminster Abbey.

“The Bidens walk into the Abbey hand in hand. Meghan probably stifles a smile, yes, we Americans are holding hands. It’s not inappropriate,” he added. wrote broadcaster Smita Prakash on social networks.

By the way President Joe Biden and FLOTUS just walked into Westminster Abbey HOLDING HANDS. Prince Harry and Meghan, Eugenie and her husband,” another user posted.

Manford’s reference to Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 comes after the 25th anniversary of her death on August 31.

The birthday has not been officially marked, although Harry and Prince William have paid individual tributes to their mother throughout the year.

In the days leading up to the date, Harry said in a speech at a polo event that he wanted it to be a day of “memories”.

“Next week is the 25th anniversary of my mother’s death, and she will certainly never be forgotten,” he said. “I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it. I want it to be a day to share my mother’s spirit with my family, with my children, how I wish I could have me here.”

During Queen Elizabeth II memorial events, William and Harry took part in a walk from Buckingham Palace to Westminster behind the monarch’s coffin, echoing the walk the brother made behind their mother’s coffin in 1997. In the days that followed, William reportedly told one wishing the experience had been “very difficult”.

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