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Queen left Meghan and Harry feeling ‘sidelined’ after Christmas photo snub

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry felt "sidelined" after noticing that a picture of themselves was missing from the Queen's desk for her Christmas Speech, it has been claimed.

During the speech Her Majesty had photos of the Cambridge family, Prince Philip, Charles, Camilla and the Queen's father.

But many were quick to notice the absence of Meghan and Harry.

And now it has been claimed the decision left the Duke and Duchess of Sussex feeling left out.

Speaking to Channel 5's Meghan and Harry: The New Revelations, DailyMirror's royal expert Russell Myers says: "The lack of photograph of them during the Queen's Christmas speech obviously had an effect on them.

"The book will tell you in detail how this made them feel. They felt it was a slight, they felt put out."

In Finding Freedom, it is claimed the decision left them feeling as if they were not a "fundamental" part of the royal family's future.

The book, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, reads: "Harry felt as though he and Meghan had long been sidelined by the institution and were not a fundamental part of its future.

"One didn't have to look further than the family photos displayed during the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day.

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"In the Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen delivered her address, viewers glimpsed photos of the Cambridges and their children, Charles and Camilla, Prince Philip and a black and white image of the sovereign's father, King 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 was yet another sign that they needed to consider their own path."

Meghan and Harry later stepped down as senior royals in a dramatic decision that sent shockwaves through the British public and royal family.

They then moved to California via Canada with baby Archie, and have since settled in Santa Barbara.

But since moving at the start of the year, they have been unable to return back to the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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