Prince Harry is accused of ‘not singing the national anthem’ during the Queen’s funeral – but was he just mumbling?
Prince Harry has been slammed by some Twitter users who claim he wasn’t singing the national anthem during a moment at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, London.
Live images from the event seemed to show Prince Harry with his mouth just slightly ajar while God Save The King was being sung, as he stood directly behind his father King Charles III.
But others had a more sympathetic interpretation – with some arguing he was quietly mouthing the words in a manner the television cameras didn’t quite pick up or that he may have been too overcome with emotion to sing.
Social media is ablaze with claims that Prince Harry (left) did not sing the national anthem and his wife Meghan (right) was deliberately obscured on TV images by a huge candle
Regardless, the Prince’s alleged lack of singing became one of the biggest online talking points of the emotional hour-long funeral service, with Twitter exploding with commentary.
One Twitter accused accused the Prince of showing ‘contempt’: ‘I noticed, as will have many others.’
One poster said Harry’s apparent silence would have displeased his father. ‘So much for supporting the King!’ they said.
But others thought people were being too harsh on Harry, who lives in America with the Duchess of Sussex and their two children.
‘To be fair it seems like his lips are moving but very slightly,’ a supporter said.
Another seemed angered by a troll’s accusation that he was actively disrespecting his family.
‘He was actually singing. But you just didn’t want to see it!’ they said.
Prince Harry (left) and his wife Meghan (right) are pictured at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth III
As always, even at the most solemn of times, there were those who thought it was appropriate to make a joke of it all.
Some said the lyrics had changed from ‘God Save The Queen’ to ‘God Save The King’ and Harry was having trouble learning the new word.
Social media sites were also ablaze with a theory that Harry and his wife Meghan had been placed in that exact spot so a large candle would obscure her on TV coverage.
Others sought to spread the non-singing accusations to Meghan, saying it was hard to tell if she was singing as her face was mostly hidden behind a huge candle.
Many took to social media (such as the pictured tweet) to say that Harry and Meghan had been deliberately seated in Westminster Cathedral so that Meghan would be obscured by a candle on television footage
‘I don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist but that candle is totally blocking the view of Meghan,’ a Twitter user said under a screen grab of the image.
Others, who seemed to not care much for the Duchess, then chimed in.
‘On the sad occasion of Her Majesty’s Funeral, I am comforted in the knowledge that Meghan’s head is obscured by a candle,’ one person wrote.
‘Hiding Meghan Markle behind a massive candle was a genius call,’ said another.