King Charles III mentions Meghan Markle in first speech; why it ‘may not be possible,’ for her to attend Queen’s funeral

King Charles III mentioned Meghan Markle in his first speech since the Queen’s passing, setting social media ablaze, but a royal expert warned that it “may not be possible” for her to attend the Queen’s funeral.

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During the eloquent speech, Charles mentioned Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, expressing his love for them but nothing else. William and Kate were named Prince and Princess of Wales, making it official that William now becomes heir to the throne. The King is 73, so there is an excellent chance that William will become King sooner than later.

King Charles was greeted by cheering crowds who gathered outside Buckingham Palace as he arrived from Balmoral Castle in Scotland where he made the speech. Some sang “God save the King” as the new monarch approached.

Twitter was set on fire at the King’s mention of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He spoke about his love for his mother and her legacy as well which was overshadowed on social media by the mention of Meghan Markle.

“I want to also express my love for Harry and Meghan, as they continue to build their lives overseas,” King Charles III briefly said and then moved on. Many noted he did not address them by title and, other than the brief mention, they were not central to his speech.

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Former British public affairs official and royal expert Shannon Felton Spence noted that Markle and Prince Harry were already traveling in Europe when the Queen passed away on Thursday and that Meghan may have to return home to California ahead of the funeral to be with their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

“Harry will likely stay in the U.K. until the funeral. I can’t imagine Meghan won’t attend, but again from a human perspective, Meghan was expecting to leave the kids for six days, not weeks, so [it] may not be possible for her to stay the whole time,” Spence commented, according to Fox News.

Harry rushed to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be with the royal family as the Queen’s health failed. He arrived at Aberdeen airport at 6:46 p.m. GMT, 16 minutes after the royal family announced her death at 6:30 p.m., according to flight tracking data. Meghan Markle notably remained behind in London instead of going to the Queen’s side.

It didn’t take long for people to voice their opinions over King Charles’ commentary.

“Did he really not refer to them as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex? Did he say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? This is why I don’t like this man he’s insidious. Even if it was written that way he should have changed it in his speech,” one critic wrote, according to Fox News.

National World commercial editor Graham Walker asserted that it was a “beautiful, loving and stoic debut speech,” claiming it “got me when he not only name checked new Prince of Wales William and Kate but wanted to ‘express my love for Harry and Megan [sic], as they build their lives overseas.’”

Variety reporter K.J. Yossman wondered aloud, “Is it significant King Charles said he was making Kate and William the Prince and Princess of Wales but didn’t mention Harry and Meghan’s titles *at all*? I know they’re not getting new titles but could they be stripped of their current ones?”

Writer Chris Wray noted, “Outstanding speech. One that shows the kings beliefs and priorities remain the same as they have for a long time, one that shows where he stands on so many things and one where me makes a strong point to show his support to Harry & Meghan.”

Many others took to Twitter with thoughts on the King’s comment during his speech and some took a jab at Markle:

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