A guest at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral has revealed a kind gesture Prince Harry made to his wife, Meghan Markle, in order to make her feel “more comfortable” during the service.
On Monday 19 September, thousands of mourners and members of the royal family attended the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. During an interview with People About the event, funeral guest and lawyer Pranav Bhanot opened up about some of the moments he witnessed, including the one between Meghan and Harry.
Bhanot said there were some points where the couple had to go “in different directions” after “walking together” which prompted Harry to offer some extra support to his wife by holding her hand.
“I’ve seen the reassurances Harry would give Meghan at times when they were walking together and they had to go in different directions,” he said.
“I’ve noticed how much Harry supports Meghan,” Bhanout added. “When they went their separate directions after the party, he gave her a hard squeeze on her hand. She felt like he wanted to make sure she was comfortable.”
Sitting in the second row during the Queen’s service, Meghan and Harry are seen holding hands and comforting each other. The Duchess was later seen wiping her tears outside the convent, after the funeral.
Ahead of the sombre occasion on Monday, Meghan and Harry attended a memorial service at Westminster Hall, where they once again held hands in a public display of affection that has emerged among other members of the royal family.
The couple’s personal digital assistant was then met with mixed responses, with some people praising the signal and others claiming it was “disrespectful”. Several social media users also expressed that criticism about their hand-carrying was a “double standard”, as Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike Tindall, walked hand in hand at the decommissioning in Westminster last week.
Besides the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, several people held the hands of their partners during Monday’s service, including Princess Eugenie and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. As they made their way to their seats, several couples, including Zara and Mike, US President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, were seen holding hands.
The Queen’s state funeral in Westminster and Windsor is now drawing to a close, as she is buried in a private burial ceremony, attended by King Charles III and the rest of her royal family. Her coffin will be placed next to her late husband, Prince Philip, and her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother.