From Undercover Spies to a U.S. Takeover: Conspiracy Theories About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Marriage

The British royals certainly aren’t strangers to odd reports and wild rumors being spread about their family over the years, but some recent claims about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, specifically, have really left people scratching their heads.

From undercover agents to a plot to take over the U.S. to their romance being fake and made up after a popular movie, here are some of the most outrageous conspiracy theories about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry married Markle as part of a plot to take over America

One of the wildest claims about the royal pair originated from a single tweet. It was posted right after the couple announced their engagement and suggested that Harry was only marrying Markle so they could have kids who would become U.S. citizens thanks to their mother. The Twitter user noted that the children could then run for president and be in the line for the British monarchy.

“Prince Harry’s kids will be Americans,” the tweet read. “What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-ball here, but it’s a smart move. They want America back and this is how they’ll do it.”

That tweet took on a life of its own, garnering more than 122,000 retweets and over 448,000 likes.

Markle is an undercover spy for the U.S. government

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Ben STANSALL – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Actor Paul Bettany started another conspiracy theory that was just intended to make people laugh.

During an appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Bettany said he thought the duchess might be a secret agent.

“I think that Meghan Markle might be a sleeper agent for the U.S. government. The dad doing the photos thing, it’s like a false-flag event, I think the C.I.A.’s involved–everybody. I think Piers Morgan’s involved,” Bettany joked.

Their romance is made up and pulled from ‘Love Actually’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

There’s also a claim that the former Suits star and the prince’s romance was ripped off from the 2003 movie Love Actually.

If you’ve seen the film you know the story of young Sam and Joanna kind of mirrors Harry and Meghan’s love story. Sam is mourning the death of his mother, like Harry did when he was a child, and falls for an American singer and actress, like Markle.

The similarities are there but fans were split on whether they believed Markle and Harry’s whole relationship is fake and modeled after the movie or if the British romantic comedy predicted a real romance.

They lied about baby Archie’s birthdate

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and baby Archie
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and baby Archie | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

And finally, there’s even a conspiracy theory about their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and when he was actually born.

On May 6, 2019, Prince Harry announced that Markle gave birth to their first child. Two days later, during a gathering with select media members to introduce their little one, the couple was asked who the baby looks like.

“You know, everyone says babies change so much over two weeks,” Harry replied. “We’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over this next month, really. But his looks are changing every single day so, who knows?”

The prince’s “two week” comment sent Twitter into an uproar with fans accusing them of “lying” about when their child was born. The duke later explained, “it’s only been two and a half days, three days.” But social media users were already convinced that he and duchess were not honest about Archie’s birthdate.

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