In a recent turn of events that has stirred the pot in the royal sphere, a representative from the U.S. State Department has come forward to refute claims implicating John Kerry, the former Secretary of State, in making personal comments about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during King Charles's coronation ceremony earlier this year.
Lady Anne Glenconner, a former aide to Queen Elizabeth’s youngest sister and a long-time confidante of the late Queen, alleged that Kerry expressed a sentiment of sorrow felt by Americans towards Prince Harry. Lady Anne divulged these details during her appearance at The Barnes BookFest, asserting that in a conversation she initiated with Kerry at the coronation, he conveyed a sense of pity for the Duke of Suss*x.
In her own words, "I feel very sad for Harry because, at the King's Coronation, I happened to sit next to somebody called John Kerry. He wanted to be president and came over with Mrs. Biden because of his interest in environmental issues.
We found ourselves amidst the King's close circle of friends. Curiosity got the better of me, and I asked him, ‘What is the perception in America of Harry and Meghan?’ To which he responded, ‘We all feel very, very sorry for Harry.’ I believe that sums it up."
State Department Denies Claims
However, the State Department was quick to deny these allegations, with a spokesperson stating emphatically that Kerry would never delve into the personal lives of the Duke and Duchess of Suss*x.
They emphasized that he has no recollection of the conversation in question and maintains a strict policy against engaging in public discussions on private matters. The spokesperson elaborated, “Any suggestion that Secretary Kerry was commenting on their marriage is utterly misplaced.
While he may not recall being asked such a question, as a father constantly under the scrutiny of the public eye himself, he harbors nothing but empathy for those navigating family issues, advocating for their right to privacy and understanding”.
Lady Anne also shared her perspective on Meghan, expressing her belief that the Duchess might have underestimated the demands of royal life. She commented, “Meghan’s experience was perhaps not what she envisioned.
She perhaps anticipated a life filled with glamour, akin to her acting career, not realizing that royal duties can be mundane and tedious”. The backlash following Lady Anne’s remarks has been swift, with Meghan’s supporters accusing her of causing unnecessary embarrassment to the British royal family, further highlighting the delicate balance of public opinion in royal matters.
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