Today, show host Karl Stefanovic couldn’t resist saying goodbye to his least favorite member of the royal family in the wake of the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
He made the unwarranted suggestion that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wasn’t actually crying when she was pictured wiping a tear during the somber service.
Stefanovic made his verdict on Meghan’s public display of emotion clear with just one word – “apparently” – and it did not go unnoticed by his co-anchor Allison Langdon.
Today presenter Karl Stefanovic (left, with co-host Allison Langdon and royal photographer Chris Jackson) couldn’t resist saying goodbye to his least favorite member of the royal family in the wake of the Queen’s funeral on Monday
The moment happened as Stefanovic and Langdon spoke to royal photographer Chris Jackson outside Buckingham Palace at about 9:21 p.m. local time, or 6:21 a.m. on Tuesday in eastern Australia.
Stefanovic noted how various photos of the funeral were open to interpretation, especially regarding whether certain members of the royal family were crying.
He suggested that pictures of Meghan wiping tears may have been misleading.
‘There have been many photos and interpretations of photos and reading into photos [meanings] that may or may not be true,” he said.
“There’s a couple of Meghan, er, with a tear down her face—apparently—and even one from Princess Charlotte that everyone said she cried, and we don’t know if it was true or not.”
He made the unwarranted suggestion that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wasn’t actually crying when she was pictured wiping a tear during the somber service
As Stefanovic questioned Meghan’s tearful display with the word “apparently,” Langdon smiled nervously and gave him a knowing look.
Meghan wept as she watched Queen Elizabeth II’s casket being carried from Westminster Abbey today after a remarkable funeral attended by the great and good from around the world.
The Duchess of Sussex dabbed her cheek during the emotional moment as she stood next to Camilla, the Queen Consort, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Stefanovic noted how various photos of the funeral were open to interpretation, especially with regard to whether certain relatives were crying. His suggestion that photos of Meghan wiping tears may have been misleading sparked a telltale look from Langdon
The moment happened as Stefanovic and Langdon spoke to photographer Chris Jackson (pictured) outside Buckingham Palace at about 9:21 pm local time, or 6:21 am on Tuesday in eastern Australia.
Earlier, Meghan, 41, walked into the abbey in a somber procession behind the Queen’s coffin. Before her stood Kate, Cambridge’s two eldest children, and Prince Edward with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.
Before the service, the Duchess briefly stood next to Kate, George and Charlotte as she watched Elizabeth II’s casket being placed on the altar.
She and Harry then took a second row seat next to Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
In the front row next to Charles and Camilla sat the Princess Royal, 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 led to their seats by the Princess of Wales as she, William, Kate and Charlotte moved aside to lead them to their booth.
The Queen made her final journey from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch, and the royals bid farewell to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her coffin was placed close to the altar with her crown, orb and scepter on top, surrounded by flowers chosen by the king from gardens she loved. A card in the flowers atop the coffin read simply: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”
The Sussexes live in California but have remained in the UK since the Queen’s death on September 8. They happened to be in the country for the WellChild awards when the news was announced.
The couple were without their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 15 months, who are believed to have stayed in California with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
Before the service, the Duke of Sussex put aside his feud with his brother, Prince William, to walk beside him behind the Queen’s coffin.
Harry wore a civilian suit instead of a uniform because he was no longer a senior royal.
Today’s hosts are no fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are divisive in the Commonwealth over their very public criticism of the Royal Family.
Just a day before the Queen’s death earlier this month, the couple called on Meghan to use a sound bite from Langdon speaking on an episode of her Archetypes podcast in 2018.
In the context of the podcast, American ex-actress used Langdon’s quote as evidence of media sexism, accusing media outlets of saying she was lucky Prince Harry “chose her” as his wife when they got engaged in 2017.
Langdon’s actual quote, from an episode of 60 Minutes Australia, was: ‘The happy couple has enchanted the world with their real fairy tale.’
During a speech on the Today show on Sept. 7, the journalist insisted that she had never suggested that Meghan was “lucky” to have given herself a prince.
‘[I’m blowing] steam from my ears! What part of it said “Harry [chose you]… oh, my god,” she sneered.
Stefanovic was also furious, saying that the latest episode of Archetypes “makes my head explode.”
“Which side of the fence Ally is on in this story, she’s being crushed by Meghan,” he added, rolling his eyes.
‘Tell me, in everything I just said… did I say she was lucky because of Prince? [Harry]!’ exclaimed Langdon.
“All I know is that I had a lot of friends who liked Meghan for a long time, and none of them anymore,” she added.