'She's ... the queen': Queen Elizabeth is being rich-shamed — and her fans aren't having it

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Every Christmas Day in the U.K., Queen Elizabeth delivers a heartfelt Christmas message.

This year, though the queen spoke beautifully on finding unity in the midst of Brexit and encouraged people to maintain goodwill and “put aside their differences,” some viewers were not impressed by her delivery — or her furniture.

The setting for the queen’s annual Christmas message this year. (Photo: John Stillwell/PA)

The queen’s speech was recorded in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, where a golden grand piano — a piece originally purchased by Queen Victoria — sits in the background. The luxurious room also features a stunning fireplace and other opulent furnishings.

For some people, the stark contrast between royal opulence and what the mundane person can afford sparked a bit of disharmony.

“Always warms an old republican’s heart to see the billionaire head of an antiquated institution surrounding themselves with gold in their modest 775-roomed detached home, while others are f***ing struggling to make ends meet,” one person posted to Twitter.

But others are mocking the backlash. After all, if the queen can’t get away with owning a gold piano, who can?

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