People largely praised Will and Kate for their smiley, cosy shot of the family wearing their autumnal best, while Meghan and Harry’s candid, throwback, behind-the-scenes pic from their wedding reception turned out to be oddly controversial.
Comparisons were made between the two via the disconcerting metric of Instagram likes, with some observers noticing that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s photo had over twice the amount of likes than that of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s.
In other words, certain royal fans have lost the plot, and we must all calm down.
The biggest criticism levelled at Meghan and Harry’s black and white photo seems to be that the couple have their backs turned, which is apparently symbolic of them ‘turning their backs’ against the Commonwealth. Others have accused them of being “pretentious” and choosing a photo that isn’t festive enough.
Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, has also weighed in on the debate via Twitter, with news.com.au sharing the tweets from her private Twitter, which has 7,789 followers.
“Interesting that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have their backs turned. Is this towards the world or just the Ragland and Markle family?” she wrote.
“It’s a bit sad. Face the Christmas spirit.”
“It’s incredibly rude to turn your back in a Christmas photo that is meant to share warmth and good wishes with the world. Those that criticize me for pointing out the truth, need to get that brown stuff off their noses. I hear the world’s smallest violin playing,” she later tweeted.
— M-Kay (@MegsArm) December 15, 2018