No one had realized it and yet Elizabeth II sent a strong message to the Sussexes. In his tradition Christmas address in 2019, Her Majesty did not want to clearly evoke the tensions that were playing out behind the scenes between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the rest of the British royal family. But on television to send her best wishes to the British, she wanted to express her annoyance. Unlike the year before, no photos of Archie’s parents were on display on his desk, a strategic spot scrutinized by Crown experts every time he spoke. During her speech, she just mentioned the birth of little Archie: “Prince Philip and I were delighted to welcome our eighth great-grandchild into our family.” A simple sentence that makes the first child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry almost anonymous.
With this strong gesture, Elizabeth II intended to show that the attitude of his grandson and his wife had not been appreciated. The months preceding his speech, it must be said that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have increased tensions. First with a murderous sentence uttered by the Duke of Sussex so that the Duchess can wear the tiara of Elizabeth II during her marriage, then by voluntarily maintaining the vagueness of the birth of their first child and finally, by refusing to reveal the names of its godfathers and godmothers. Several decisions that made Elizabeth II mad with rage. But that’s not all. The couple, on tour in Africa, had also decided to sue several media … without consulting the other members of the Crown. An affront to His Majesty. She has since reluctantly accepted their decision to leave the ranks of the royal family to settle in the United States and has chosen to give them a one-year transition period.
The Sussexes engage
Touched by their initiatives and angry, Elizabeth II said she was happy for the family but forbade them to use their Sussex Royal title for commercial purposes. And if we thought that tensions had eased over time, the recent outings of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have put fuel on the fire. For several weeks in fact, the Sussexes have decided to engage on important subjects such as racism and American politics. And if Archie’s parents use their freedom to untie their tongues, the Crown is fuming. “Residents of Buckingham Palace have been asked to comment on how they perceive the situation. They replied that they will not speak out regarding members of the royal family who are not working,” the palace replied only a few days ago. If they still hope to be able to spend the end of the year celebrations with Elizabeth II, the Sussexes will surely be disappointed …
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