Here's Why Prince Harry Told Meghan Markle to "Turn Around" in That Viral Video

The footage was fully manipulated.

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This weekend, the internet had what's best described as a full-blown meltdown about a video of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour. In the video, Harry can seemingly be seen telling Meghan to "turn around," and both Twitter and the media alike have been chatting non-stop about Meghan appearing somewhat upset during the interaction. Here's one of the video clips that's making the rounds:

Before you start side-eyeing, keep in mind that this video doesn't show the whole picture. Far from it. While lip readers conclude that Harry did, in fact, say "turn around...look" the second time Meghan looked at him, the first time he spoke to her was to say "yes, that's right." In other words, he appears to have been answering a question.

And if you watch the full video with sound, it's clear that Meghan was asking a question right before "God Save the Queen" started playing, and Harry asked her to turn around in time for the song to begin.

So, perhaps the reason Meghan looks so serious wasn't necessarily because of what Harry said—but because the National Anthem was beginning and everyone was assuming their "Official Royal" expressions.

And for what it's worth, a lot of royal fans aren't here for the video being manipulated to make it look like Harry and Meghan were arguing.

"Only they do not show it's because the anthem would begin, and so Meg turns and gets serious," one fan wrote. "They're using this to say that Harry mistreated her, when in fact I think he told her that the hymn would begin and then she'd become like everyone else."

Another added, "Thank you for posting the actual video. The haters are twisting the video to say that Harry told her to turn around, and she wanted to cry."

The royal family haven't responded to the buzz around this video, and chances are they never will. But on Sunday, Kensington Palace did post a fully adorable photo of Harry and Archie, so there's that!

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Mehera Bonner
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.