'Those who cling to power': Archbishop 'throws shade' at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sermon for Queen

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, looked straight at Harry and Meghan as he said, 'Those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten'

'Those who cling to power': Archbishop 'throws shade' at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sermon for Queen
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gives a reading during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, during which he may have subtly thrown shade at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Ben Stansall/ Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: The Archbishop of Canterbury was looking straight at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the funeral sermon for Queen Elizabeth II, when he was at the part of the sermon wherein he said that "those who cling to power and privileges would be forgotten." 

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According to the New York Post, Justin Welby, the religious head of the Church of England, seemed like he was throwing shade at the Sussexes. 

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The archbishop made the comment while praising the Queen as one of the “people of loving service” who “are rare in any walk of life.” He said, "Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten.”

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Many on Twitter felt the religious leader was taking a dig at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who had repeatedly called out the royal family after stepping down as senior royals in 2020. The Duke of Sussex was not allowed to wear his military uniform and salute his grandmother’s coffin during the procession.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the Committal Service at St George's Chapel  in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19 in Windsor, England (Photo by Joe Giddens - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

One user wrote, "The Queen’s funeral was amazing! These words from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury struck a chord "..in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are long forgotten." I wonder who he was talking about? #MeghanMarkIe." Another said, "That man knew EXACTLY what he was saying and I can only imagine the number of eyes that swung in the couples direction. It was perfect."

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However, others believed that the comments could have been aimed at any member present at the congregation, packed with world leaders. The funeral saw the presence of the UK’s ruling Conservative party, which recently nominated Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson. A person said, "The Archbishop of Canterbury just called out the whole room for clinging to power and privileges and basically saying no one will remember any of them because of it." Another added, "Can’t help but love Justin Welby’s dig at Johnson. Service will be remembered far longer than those who just try to cling to power."

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Though the nation observed a 10-day mourning for the Queen from September 8, the day she died, to September 19, the day of her funeral, the royal family will continue to mourn for another seven days. They will continue to wear black until Monday, September 26. 

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