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- Meghan Markle attended the queen’s funeral.
Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, their relationships with the rest of the royal family have been the subject of much speculation and gossip.
Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Sept. 8 intensified that scrutiny, and one recent Facebook post claimed that tensions between Markle and the queen were high enough that she was banned from Elizabeth’s funeral.
"SO SAD for Meghan as she was DENIED to join THE FUNERAL by QUEEN’S LAST ORDER," the Sept. 17 post said.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook.)
But this is codswallop.
A quick online search reveals plenty of news reports and photos of Markle at the queen’s funeral and no word about a supposed "last order" denying her the opportunity to attend.
"Prince Harry and Meghan Markle occupied highly visible spots at the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II" on Sept. 19, Time reported. Markle wore a pair of diamond-and pearl stud earrings gifted to her by the queen, Harper's Bazaar said. People noted that Markle wiped away a tear as she shared a "sweet moment with Princess Charlotte," her niece, at the funeral.
We rate claims that she wasn’t there False.
Facebook post, Sept. 17, 2022
The New York Times, On Language; Codswallop, poppycock and horsefeathers, Sept. 1, 1985
Harper’s Bazaar, The touching way Meghan Markle honored Queen Elizabeth II at her funeral, Sept. 9, 2022
People, Meghan Markle Wipes Away Tear and Shares Sweet Moment with Princess Charlotte at Queen's Funeral, Sept. 19, 2022
USA Today, Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest: King Charles III, Prince William and Harry, more attend, Sept. 19, 2022
The royal family attends Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Sept. 10, 2022
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