Long before expressing their wish to withdraw from the royal family to lead a financially independent existence, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were increasingly frustrated with royal life. According to the couple’s biography, Finding Freedom, they felt left out and believed the charitable work of other royals – including that of Kate and William – took priority over their own. Moreover, according to authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, it was the presentation of photos of Elizabeth II on her desk for her Christmas speech that caused them to reconsider their roles within the royal family.
As the Queen delivered her annual message from Buckingham Palace, four family photos sat on her desk. We could thus see Kate Middleton and Prince William, surrounded by their three children, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as the father of the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were simply nowhere to be found … Royal Mirror expert Russell Myers says the couple were clearly upset by the move. On Channel 5, he explained: “The lack of photographs of them during the Queen’s Christmas speech obviously had an impact on them (…) They felt rejected.” The reaction of Archie’s parents is also featured in Finding Freedom. We can read: “Harry felt that he and Meghan had long been sidelined by the institution and were not an integral part of his future. There was no need to look any further than the photos family displayed during the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day. ”
Harry and Archie had no place on this table
The royal expert continued: “Palace sources insisted the photos were chosen to represent the direct line of succession, but for Harry and Meghan it was yet another sign that they had to consider their own way.” Royal expert Katie Nicholl believes the couple were not forgotten out of spite, but were simply a reflection of the royal family as a whole. She said in a documentary: “What I think they were trying to demonstrate in this post was the future of the monarchy, the future heirs and the future rulers. Harry and Harry’s son are not here. . They don’t have that place on the table. ”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © AGENCY