As the two women come face-to-face, an embarrassed Jackie extends an apology for her foolish comments. The queen, going to town quite aggressively on a scone, assures Jackie that she believes no harm was meant. The scone might beg to differ.
Jackie explains that while it may have looked like the couple was riding on a high, she was suffering from postnatal depression and their relationship was beyond strained. While she had taken pleasure in being her charming self in Paris once again, she was punished behind the scenes for overshadowing her husband. A cocktail of drugs to lift her spirits loosened her tongue. Jackie admits to Elizabeth how much she admires her composure and dignity, and how what she did in Ghana was extraordinary.
“I should have said, ‘I felt utterly useless in comparison to you,’” Elizabeth relays to Philip later that evening. “But I didn’t. I just sat there.”
A few months, later Elizabeth is called back to the house, where she learns that President Kennedy has been shot. Elizabeth and Philip embrace each other when they realize JFK is dead, no doubt fearing their own mortality and realizing how lucky they are to have each other.
Seeing Jackie exit the plane, still wearing her bloodstained clothes, Elizabeth suspects her wardrobe choice is a deliberate one. She decides to break protocol and have the bells rung at Westminster Abbey for the fallen president—her gift to the woman the entire world considered American royalty.