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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly left angered by a specific incident during the last Christmas before they decided to step down as senior royals, ultimately contributing to their choice to forge their path.

According to royal author Omid Scobie, in his inaugural book, “Finding Freedom,” co-written with Carolyn Durand, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pushed to the brink during Christmas 2019. The alleged tipping point occurred when Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas broadcast did not include a photograph of Prince Harry, Meghan, and their then-newborn son, Archie, alongside the family portraits on the monarch’s desk.

This omission, as described by Scobie and Durand, was the “final straw” for the couple, leading them to believe that the Firm and royal staff were actively working against them. The authors suggest that, even before formally announcing their departure from the Royal Family, Harry, and Meghan felt marginalized by the institution, sensing that they were not considered integral to its future.

Detailing the incident, the book noted, “One didn’t have to look further than the family photos displayed during the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day. In the Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen delivered her address, viewers glimpsed photos of the [Waleses] and their children, Charles and Camilla, Prince Philip, and a black-and-white image of George VI.

Noticeably absent was a photo of Harry, Meghan, and their new baby, Archie. 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.”

While the couple was eventually featured in that year’s Christmas Day speech with never-before-seen footage of the Queen and Prince Philip meeting Archie, the alleged incident played a pivotal role in Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from their royal duties and relocate to the United States.

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