Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Peter Phillips arrive in the Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. Phil Noble-WPA Pool/Getty Images/IBTimes


  • Prince Harry received criticism on social media for allegedly not singing "God Save The King"
  • Royal fans defended the 38-year-old Duke of Sussex by posting videos of him actually singing it
  • Queen Elizabeth II was finally laid to rest on Monday following a state funeral and military procession

Prince Harry received backlash on social media for allegedly not singing along to the national royal anthem, "God Save The King," during Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on Monday.

Social media user @kierknobody posted a clip from the live broadcast of the late Monarch on Twitter Monday night, which zoomed in on the 38-year-old Duke of Sussex while the royal family and at least 2,000 mourners gathered at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to the longest-serving Queen. In the video, Prince Harry was visibly silent during the royal anthem while seated next to his wife, Meghan Markle, and behind his father King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla; Princess Royal, Princess Anne; and her husband Timothy Laurence.

The user wrote in the caption, "Prince Harry not singing the national anthem," adding in the next thread that King Charles wasn't singing as well.

Some social media users expressed their disappointment toward the royal, claiming that he was only singing through "gritted teeth or mumbling" and didn't give much effort. However, others defended Prince Harry's actions, including a user posting another video of him singing the song.

"Stop lying, he was singing," one user wrote while reposting a video of the Duke singing the anthem.

Another user wrote, "Stop your lies! #PrinceHarry was singing only he had his mouth not very wide open while singing. You can clearly see his mouth was moving!!"

When one user criticized Prince Harry and his wife, Markle, for allegedly not participating in the singing of the royal anthem, another Twitter user quickly defended the couple, saying, "So the late Queen is not even interred and already you're tweeting negative stuff about her grandson and his wife. For those that don't understand: Foreign nationals (e.g an American) are not expected to sing the National Anthem of the U.K."

Another user defended Prince Harry, saying he might not know the lyrics since it was a different version.

The national anthem had changed since King Charles took over the throne following the passing of his mother on Sept. 8. According to the royal family's website, the anthem sung during Queen Elizabeth II's funeral was of the original title "God Save The King" from 1745 and was adopted as Great Britain's national anthem under the reign of King George II in the 18th century. During the funeral, the song was substituted back to "King" instead of saying "Queen," which was used when the late monarch was still alive.

As for King Charles, 73, social media users also noticed him not singing the anthem. However, it was reportedly a "tradition" for him to remain silent since he was already the leading Monarch. Hence, the song has become a tribute to him, People reported.

On Monday, the nation and the royal family said their final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II with a state funeral and military procession.

The day started with royal fans and well-wishers paying their respects to the late Monarch as they lined up to see her coffin in Westminster Hall. Her coffin was loaded on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, drawn by 142 sailors, in a solemn procession to Westminster Abbey, where the formal ceremony would take place, according to BBC News.

After the funeral, the Queen's coffin was finally brought on its final journey to Windsor Castle, where she was buried beside her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.

Prince William and his estranged brother Prince Harry joined their father King Charles III at the procession and funeral for Queen Elizabeth II