Prince Harry and Megan Markle felt abducted by Queen Elizabeth II during her flirtatious Christmas speech – seeing this as proof that they had been pushed out of the royal family, according to a new book.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex felt they were “noticeably absent” from family photos around the Queen as she spoke from Buckingham Palace, according to an excerpt from Finding Freedom, published in The Times Times of London.
The other senior royalty – including Harry’s brother William and his family, along with the Prince’s father, Prince Charles – were proudly displayed.
Already feeling that they have “long since been set aside from the institution”
“For Harry and Megan, it was another sign that they should consider their own path,” write authors Omid Scoby and Carolyn Durand.
At the time, the couple was under fire to spend the holidays with baby Archie in Canada, breaking tradition by staying away from other grand pianos.
Just weeks later, on January 8, Harry and Megan announced their plans to leave the royal duties after leaking to the Sun, finally forcing themselves through Megxit.
The Queen was also accused of removing a photo of Sussex from her audience at Buckingham Palace early last year. In stark contrast, she had shown two photos of the family the previous Christmas, including an official wedding portrait.
Sources from the palace insist that the omission of the photo is not an abuse, but simply a presentation of the direct line of inheritance, the book notes.
The Queen also singled out Sussex during her broadcast – saying how “delighted” she was at Archie’s birth.
While their photo was not on her table, the broadcast included an image of the couple representing baby Archie to the Queen and Prince Philip, along with Megan’s mother, Doria Ragland.