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The Queen Shading Harry, Meghan & Archie In 2019 Christmas Speech Felt ‘Deliberate’
October 30, 2020
According to royal biographer Robert Lacey, Queen Elizabeth II was sending a message to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when she left their family photo out of her 2019 Christmas broadcast.
Queen Elizabeth II, 92, always displays family photos on her desk during her annual Christmas broadcast, but in 2019 there were three very obvious omissions from the collection: Prince Harry, 36, Meghan Markle, 39, and their son Archie, 1. Fans freaked out last year when they noticed the obvious shade and now a new book sheds light on the reason behind the “deliberate” snub.
In his new book, Battle Of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story Of A Family In Turmoil, royal biographer Robert Lacey, 76, claims, “the absence of a single Sussex from the 2019 assemblage of significant royal faces reflected a deliberate decision on the part of Queen Elizabeth II. She would be providing no brand endorsement opportunities this year for Sussex Royal.”
Only six months prior, the couple had filed to trademark over 100 products of the Sussex Royal brand, and according to Lacey, they neglected to inform the Queen, who was “hopping mad” when she found out. Ultimately The Duke and Duchess shut down their Sussex Royal brand after they were barred from using “royal” in any of their branding.
In Battle Of Brothers, Lacey — who is the official consultant for Netflix’s The Crown — claims, “Who does and who does not feature on the royal Christmas desk has always been like the changing panorama of faces on the historic balcony of Moscow’s Kremlin. It showed who was in favor and who was not —and at Windsor in December 2019 this even extended to babies.”