Another day, another drama for the royal family! The latest? Some fans are convinced Kate Middleton tried to upstage Meghan Markle by wearing Princess Diana’s earrings to Archie’s christening. Apparently, critics suspect that Kate’s choice of accessory was all part of an underhanded masterplan to take attention away from her royal sister-in-law on what was obviously a special day for her.
Let’s review the facts here. The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a pair of Collingwood Pearl drop earrings to baby Archie’s christening, and, while beautiful, you may be wondering: How were those earrings intended to upstage anyone? Well, there’s a backstory. The very earrings Kate wore were worn by the late Princess Diana to Prince Harry’s christening 35 years ago. If you ask us, that seems pretty sweet — as though Kate wanted to pay tribute to Diana and honor her royal brother-in-law in a sentimental way.
But if you ask the internet, you’ll find a lot of royal fans who feel as though Kate wearing the earrings was inappropriate. Some even went so far as to suggestthat Kate must subconsciously want to take Meghan’s place, which is a whole new proverbial can of worms.
Did u include wearing the same earrings that diana wore in 1984 for Harry's christening.? Methinks Kate wishes she was in Meghan's place. Get a psychologist to ask why.— NM (@NorahMackenzie) July 7, 2019
I think Kate wanted to upstage Meghan. With all the earrings at kates disposal, why did she wear the one that Diana wore during Harry’s christening? Personally, I would have given Meghan that earring.— Princess Lucia (@Oonidynasty) July 7, 2019
The question should be why is Kate wearing the earrings. It takes a special kind of mentality to make that choice.— Qeytauno (@qeytauno) July 6, 2019
It was not Kate's place, to wear those! She should have offered them, to Meghan to wear, after all, that is Lady Di's grandchild, Prince Harry's Mom! It seriously stinks of upstaging! Kate has everything to be happy, she couldn't let Meghan have this one??! https://t.co/LVMrPvCJkc— mariadelcarmen arviz (@carm470) July 9, 2019
One of these days we're really gonna delve into this lady's need to dress like her husband's dead mama whom she never met.— Oxtail Enthusiast (@mayavado) July 7, 2019
Ol' girl wore the same thing down to the damn earrings.
When will people stop calling this a "nod to Diana" and call it what it really is? Creepy as fuck. pic.twitter.com/0PqjD2ZmTm
In all honesty I think Kate was a tab bit disrespectful and spiteful . she didn't have to come there dress the way she was and sporting PRINCESS Diana earrings. I believe she did that intentionally to upstage Meghan special moment.— June (@June89239362) July 7, 2019
Kate doesn't have a real smile on her face. She looks pained. William looks like he smelled something terrible. They don't look thrilled to be there.— TrixieP (@TrixieParson) July 6, 2019
It’s worth noting that Kate could have offered the earrings to Meghan, who may have insisted Kate keep them and wear them instead (so, thoughtful gestures on both sides). For all we know, it was something Kate suggested as a sweet nod to Harry and baby Archie, and Meghan and Harry loved the idea. The point is, naturally, that we have no legitimate reason to believe the earrings caused any drama within the royal family. Was the choice polarizing among internet fans? Sure. But that’s the internet for you.
Despite only one group photo of the royal family at the christening being released, the portrait has certainly managed to stir up quite a bit of controversy. In addition to being unhappy with Kate’s earring choice, some fans took issue with William’s facial expression. “William looks like he smelled something terrible,” one fan wrote, with others describing his look as “so sour.”
Not only that, but body language expert Judi James claimed to MailOnline that both Will and Kate’s posturing was indicative of tension. James dubbed William’s pose reminiscent of “nightclub bouncer mode.” She noted that Kate looked “ready to flee.” However, James did also admit that the tension in Kate’s pose could “show a desire to lower her own status signals and not upstage [Meghan and Harry].”
In other words, it’s a family picture, y’all. When aren’t those awkward? As for the earrings, well, we’re keen to think of them as a kind tribute.