FACT CHECK: Did Meghan Markle Wear A Shirt That Says ‘The Queen Is Dead?’

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purports that Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wore a shirt that read “The Queen is dead,” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Verdict: False

The image is digitally altered. The original image, taken in 2018, does not show Markle wearing such a shirt.

Fact Check:

Queen Elizabeth died Sept. 8 after being placed under medical supervision earlier in the day, according to BBC. Markle did not join the rest of the Royal Family at the Queen’s Scottish estate, allegedly out of concern she might not be “warmly welcomed,” according to the New York Post.

Now, a Facebook image allegedly shows the Duchess of Sussex wearing a shirt featuring an album cover from English rock band The Smiths titled, “The Queen is dead,” shortly after the royal monarch’s death.

“Meghan Markle in a Smith’s tee shirt that says ‘The Queen is dead,'” the post’s caption reads. (RELATED: Prince Harry And Duchess Meghan Did Not Divorce)

The image is digitally altered. A reverse image search generates the original photo of Markle and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex’s 2018 trip to Northern Ireland on WireImage. The Duchess was visiting the Titanic Belfast at the time the photo was taken, according to the image’s caption.

A keyword search reveals that the altered image was posted on Twitter in March 2021 by The Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr. The guitarist posted the image following an interview between Markle, Prince Harry and talk show host Oprah Winfrey in which the couple opened up about their decision to leave the royal family, according to Indy100.

Check Your Fact has contacted the Duchess for comment through Archewell and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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