Royal Christmas Moment, the couple were said to be offended once because a photograph of them and their son, Prince Archie, was not visible on the Queen’s desk during her Christmas speech.
Royal Christmas Moment that ‘Tipped Harry and Meghan
A Christmas incident in 2019 was alleged to have convinced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that the “entire institution” was conspiring against them during their time working for the Royal Family owing to an “unspoken code.”
While there were a variety of factors that contributed to their resignation, it has been stated that one significant event was the “final straw” that “tipped them over the edge” to leave The Firm.
According to the biography Finding Freedom, Harry and Meghan were enraged when a photograph of them and their new baby, Archie, was not shown on Queen Elizabeth’s desk during her Christmas speech in 2019.
Before announcing their retirement as senior royals, Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly feared the Royal Family and top officials were “conspiring against them” and attempting to demonstrate that the monarchy was secure with or without them in the picture.
While the couple’s decision to leave their royal responsibilities had already been made, the “final straw” was apparently when the late Queen’s 2019 Christmas message broadcast.
The monarch traditionally delivered her annual speech at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, surrounded by emotional photographs of her family members.
Images of King George VI, King Charles and The Queen, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and The Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children were released in 2019.
According to the biography Finding Freedom, the couple were angry that there was no photo of them and their young son Archie on the desk while Her Majesty gave her address.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write that Harry and Meghan believed they “had long been sidelined by the institution and were not a fundamental part of its future.”
“One didn’t have to look any further than the family photos displayed during the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day,” the authors said.
“Viewers caught glimpses of the [Waleses] and their children, Charles and Camilla, Prince Philip, and a black-and-white image of George VI in the Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen delivered her address.” A portrait of Harry, Meghan, and their new baby, Archie, was noticeably lacking.
“Palace sources insisted that the photos were chosen to represent the direct line of succession, but for Harry and Meghan, it had been yet another sign that they needed to consider their path.”
However, in the Christmas Day speech that year, never-before-seen footage of the Queen and Prince Philip meeting Archie for the first time with Harry, Meghan, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was featured.
A special portrait released by the Royal Family shortly after the new year was also reported to have offended the newlyweds. The official photograph depicted the late Queen Elizabeth II and her heirs, King Charles, Prince William, and Prince George.
The joyful photograph was taken in the throne room at Buckingham Palace and was made public in early 2020, just days before Harry and Meghan announced their retirement from their positions as senior royals.
On the surface, the image merely aligned the monarchy’s future and replicated many historic images of the king with his or her direct heirs.
Notwithstanding the tradition, royal author Andrew Morton claimed it caused consternation within the palace walls. “The royal couple suspected that the entire institution was conspiring against them,” Morton writes in his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. The proof was all around them as they saw it. The unstated agreement was simple: the monarchy’s destiny was secure, with or without Meghan and Harry.”