Video footage of Meghan Markle interacting with royal aides outside Windsor Castle on Saturday has gone viral.
Markle, alongside husband Prince Harry and Prince William and Kate Middleton, was greeting well-wishers mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, when two royal aides tried to take flowers off the former actress’ hands.
“I told them I’d place them over there so it’s okay,” Markle seems to tell the first royal aide. “Thank you, I appreciate it though.”
The video already has 2.6 million views and thousands of reactions.
What was this exchange 😬 pic.twitter.com/3EVJ7l39aP
— ᗰIᖇᗩᗷᗴᒪᒪᗩ (@RockkSteady) September 10, 2022
In another video, Markle seems to again not want to let go of the flowers while interacting with another royal aide, pointing at the last person she had words with. The second aide eventually gathers the flowers from the mother of two, though.
“The big guns had to step in when Meghan refused to let go of the flowers the first aide tried to take from her as she herself wanted to walk them over to the other tributes,” a Twitter account captioned the video.
The big guns had to step in when Meghan refused to let go of the flowers the first aide tried to take from her as she herself wanted to walk them over to the other tributes. #meghanmarkle pic.twitter.com/Sqx9qq6w2Z
— squishyhugz (@squishyhugz) September 11, 2022
Page Six highlighted the split reaction online; some claimed Markle was being difficult by flouting protocol and potentially doing so for a photo-op, while others contended the “Suits” actress is too highly scrutinized.
“She wanted it for the optics but it got squashed by people who know exactly what she’s trying to achieve,” one person wrote. “I’m thinking so she gets the money shot when she places the flowers down with the other floral tributes.”
“She probably wanted to be captured and filmed when she walks alone put flowers over there and put an action,” another said. “Actually, if you think about it, she really is a narcissist, always trying to make everything about her in every occasion! Glad she was stopped!”
“Can’t believe the Meghan bashing has started already, it’s the first time she’s experienced this and was doing her best she probably promised to lay the flowers down herself and that’s what she was going to do till told by Harry it’s alright to pass them over,” one tweet argued.
Another person suggested Markle simply didn’t understand protocol. “She probably didn’t understand that the flowers are taken off them for safety purposes,” the tweet read. “After all there could be a small explosive device, nerve gas, a poisonous insect, any number of things, concealed in them.”
Markle and Prince Harry have attracted much attention since distancing themselves from the royal family, giving up royal titles, and throwing out accusations of racism.
However, rumors about Markle bullying royal aides popped up in the media last year.
In July, an investigation into the allegations concluded, but findings are being kept under wraps, allegedly because Buckingham Palace is “terrified” of antagonizing Meghan and Prince Harry, who’ve routinely trashed all things royal.
“Considering those who participated [in the investigation] did so at great personal and reputational risk to themselves, the fact that they haven’t even been told what the findings are is unfathomable,” a source explained. “I am sure they will be deeply distressed, but perhaps not entirely surprised given how things have been handled. The household seems to be terrified of upsetting or provoking Harry and Meghan.”