Queen Elizabeth II cracks jokes in first appearance since royal race scandal allegations
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Queen Elizabeth II was “in a fantastic mood” — even cracking a joke about Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin — during her first appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview this week, according to a report Friday.
The 94-year-old monarch attended a virtual event with students to mark British Science Week Wednesday — the same day the royal family released a statement addressing claims that Markle suffered from racism behind palace walls, Sky News reported.
During the video call, the queen was asked about what Gagarin, the Soviet Cosmonaut who was the first person in space, was like when she met him decades ago.
“Russian,” she dead-panned — sparking laughter.
Queen Elizabeth grinned and said Gagarin, who visited Buckingham Palace in 1961, didn’t speak much English.
At the event, her highness didn’t address the royal race scandal sparked by the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey Sunday.
Instead, she discussed a recent mission to Mars and a meteorite that landed in Gloucestershire, England earlier this week, quipping, “I’m glad it didn’t hit anyone!”
“Her Majesty appeared to be enjoying herself learning about the latest mission to Mars,” said Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, who attended the video call. “With a very cheery wave goodbye at the end, she seemed to be in a fantastic mood.”
On Sunday, Prince Harry and Markle told Winfrey that Markle suffered from racism and lack of support with her mental health problems while living at Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace later released a statement saying issues raised in the interview, “particularly that of race, are concerning.”
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