Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘cold’ exchange at Trooping the Color 2019
Color parade, the annual UK parade marking the queen’s birthday has not been the same since 2019.
Last years celebrations canceled due to coronavirus pandemic and replaced by a scaled-down event attended by only the Queen.
This year’s event will also be smaller than usual, although details for the June 12 event have not been confirmed.
But a moment of the latest full-scale Trooping the Color still plays on the minds of royal fans.
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During the 2019 celebrations, attended by the extended royal family, eagle-eyed fans spotted what many claimed to be a “Cold” moment between none other than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
But what really happened? Why did he make so much noise at the biggest royal event of the year? And why is it still high to this day?
Meghan had only given birth to her son Archie the month before when she and Harry appeared at Trooping the Color on June 8, 2019.
Dressed in a navy blue ensemble, the Duchess of Sussex rode in a horse-drawn carriage with Harry, Kate Middleton and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall as the royal family drove to Buckingham Palace.
There, the family gathered on a balcony with the Queen to watch the annual RAF flyby, with Prince Louis makes his first appearance alongside his older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Fans quickly noticed that Harry and Meghan had taken seats towards the back of the balcony, standing just behind Prince Andrew, who had yet to be linked to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Then it happened: a brief interaction between the couple that sent royal fans into the overdrive.
In clips shared on social media, Meghan turns to Harry and appears to be talking to him. The prince answers, seeming to tell him to “turn around” and Meghan quickly turns to the front, looking annoyed.
The split-second conversation got fans speculating on Twitter and Instagram about “relationship turmoil”, while others insisted Harry had “berated” the Duchess of Sussex.
“She finally turned around and it looked like she was going to cry. The balcony looked pretty cold if you ask me,” one fan tweeted of Meghan’s reaction.
In the hours and days that followed, lip readers and body language experts confirmed to various media that Harry harshly told his wife to “roll over” on the balcony.
Tina Lannin, a reader, said The sun that Harry said to Meghan, “No he didn’t. Oh good. Turn around.”
Meanwhile, another lip reader told the Online Mail he said, “Yes, that’s right. Turn around … Look.”
In the latter case, Harry may have just told Meghan the parade was about to begin, but many royal critics took back the suggestion he scolded his wife on the balcony.
However, footage later showed that the exchange took place just before the British national anthem was played, and several royal experts suggested Harry was just keeping Meghan up to date on royal protocol.
It was only Meghan’s second time at Trooping the Color, having attended once before in 2018, and such a huge public event could have been stressful for the new mom.
In fact, many royal fans have pointed out that she and Harry probably only get a few hours’ sleep, given that they have a month-old son at home to look after.
The couple had hosted Archie on May 6th and were always adjusting to the lives of new parents, which could have explained their “brutal” interaction.
While we may never know exactly what happened between the couple on the balcony that day, the interaction didn’t seem to have a lasting impact on the couple.
They are still very much together and have just welcomed their second child, daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, born June 4, 2021.
The couple named their daughter after two very important royal women; The Queen, who is the child’s great-grandmother, and the late Princess Diana.