Determined royal-watchers scrutinising every frame of today’s State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II spotted that Prince Harry appeared to not sing the National Anthem out loud, unlike most other people in Westminster Abbey today (September 19).
Dozens of social media users commented on the apparent lapse in protocol, with one saying “What petulant school boy Harry is..it looked like he purposely didn’t sing the national Anthem, pathetic .. God Save the King”.
Another added :”Why is he so disrespectful? Harry not singing the national anthem has just made me lose the last bit of empathy I had for him”.
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One Twitter user, who clearly had little time for Harry, railed: "Prince Harry didn’t sing the National Anthem to his father Total, utter, disrespect for his father, the nation, the Crown and the monarch that pays him. Strip him of all of his royal titles and funding. How much will Netflix want him then?”
“I noticed this too,” said another. “He was also looking around seeing what everybody else was doing! Meghan just smirks all the time!
But to be fair to the Duke of Sussex, he was by no means the only one too overcome with emotion to enthusiastically join in the singing.
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Camilla, the Queen Consort, seemed to struggle with her feelings as she stood next to her husband, the new King, and while she certainly tried to sing appeared visibly too upset to complete the anthem.
Last week, Harry was seen wiping tears during the emotional service at Westminster Hall after walking behind his grandmother's coffin.
Others around the Abbey were similarly overwhelmed. And naturally King Charles III, for the first time in his life, didn't find it appropriate to join in with the anthem.
On a brighter note, little Princess Charlotte, just seven, seemed to be adapting to the royal spotlight admirably well. She struggled slightly with the sheer size of the order of service, but overall coped well with the extraordinary pomp and grandeur of a state funeral.
And Harry's seating at the funeral, close to the monarch, appears to represent some kind of olive branch, a symbol that he's being brought back into the royal fold.
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