The archbishop of Canterbury appeared to stare straight at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during his funeral sermon for Queen Elizabeth II Monday — in what many have speculated was a subtle dig at the estranged royals.
Justin Welby, the religious head of the Church of England, appeared to look right at the exiled couple as he damned “those who cling to power and privileges,” numerous royal watchers highlighted, accusing him of throwing shade.
The archbishop made the biting comment as he praised the late monarch as one of the “people of loving service” who “are rare in any walk of life.”
“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,” he said.
Footage of the sermon appears to show him staring intently toward the section of Westminster Abbey where Harry and his wife were sitting behind Harry’s dad, King Charles III. Harry was also forbidden from wearing his military uniform and from saluting his grandmother’s coffin during the procession.
Many on Twitter insisted the religious leader was making a dig at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have repeatedly trashed Harry’s family after quitting as senior royals in 2020, including accusing them of bullying and racism.
However, others noted that the comments could equally have been aimed at any number of members of the congregation, which was packed with world leaders.
That included the UK’s ruling Conservative party, which recently nominated Liz Truss to replace scandal-scarred Boris Johnson — who was also at the funeral — as prime minister, despite widespread calls for a general election.
“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,” one royal watcher tweeted.
“Boss move,” she said, saying she was “dying of laughter.”
Welby’s sermon went on to call the late Queen “joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.”
“We pray especially for all her family, grieving as every family at a funeral — including so many families around the world who have themselves lost someone recently — but in this family’s case, doing so in the brightest spotlight,” he said.
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“May God heal their sorrow, and may the gap left in their lives be marked with memories of joy and life.”
He ended by looking toward the new king and his family as he said, “All who follow the Queen’s example, and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say, ‘We will meet again.’”
He later called it “the honor of a lifetime, and among its saddest moments.”