People think Justin Welby searched Boris Johnson at the Queen’s funeral
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed mourners at the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, but there was one particular part of his sermon where people believe he had a dig to former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
During his address to the congregation which included the Royal Family and world leaders, the Archbishop recalled the promise made by the Queen on her 21st birthday to dedicate her life to service – “Rarely has such a promise been held so well. Few leaders receive the outpouring of love we have seen.”
But a key quote from his speech sparked online discussions about whether he was throwing shade at Johnson.
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“Those who serve will be loved and remembered longer than those who cling to power and privilege long forgotten,” the Archbishop said.
This quote was shared by The GuardianPolitical editor Pippa Crerar has since gone viral with more than 13,000 likes and thousands of reactions from people who speculated who the Archbishop was referring to.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who clung to power despite a series of resignations by ministers – was the prime suspect.
Even when he finally stepped down on July 7 this year, Johnson remained caretaker prime minister until September as the Conservative party staged a leadership race which Liz Truss won on September 5 and became the new Prime Minister.
The Queen appointed Truss Prime Minister at Balmoral on September 6, just two days before his death.
While the Archbishop and Johnson have previously clashed when the Archbishop criticized the UK government‘s policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda.
In his Easter sermon, the Archbishop said the plans raise “serious ethical questions” and added, “Outsourcing our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well, like Rwanda, is opposite of the nature of God who himself takes responsibility for our failures.”
Johnson hit back as sources close to the then prime minister said he accused the top cleric of being “softer” in his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
While others felt the Archbishop’s statement cast a wider net and there may have been a number of leaders he was referring to.
Some felt that the Archbishop’s quote could ironically also be implied for himself and the royal family.
Elsewhere, viewers watching the Queen’s funeral were stunned after spotting a spider on the coffin.
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