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Prince Charles’ focus on ‘slimmed down monarchy’ left Meghan and Harry ‘upset’

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A photo of the Queen and her three heirs was used to send a message to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a royal author has claimed.

The Royal Family release new photos every Christmas as a way to celebrate the festive season and 2019 was no different.

Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince George appeared in one picture alongside the Queen, depicting the future kings of England.

Prince Harry and his son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor were nowhere to be seen, as they are much further down the line of succession.

In his new book, Battle of the Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey claims the photo was Charles’ idea to show his idea of a slimmed down monarchy.

He claims Prince Charles left no "suggestion of a spare," and was eager to promote the three monarchs to show his "slimed down monarchy."

Writing for the Daily Mail, he says: "What a fascinating and historic image to remind us of the essence of the royal system!

"The current monarch with three future monarchs. All the living heirs — and not a suggestion of a spare.

"According to insiders, this formal photograph, taken in the Buckingham Palace Throne Room a week before Christmas 2019, was the idea of Prince Charles, anxious to promote his cause of the ‘slimmed-down monarchy."

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Lacey claims Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took the photo "to heart" and were upset by it, despite spending the festive season in Canada.

Speaking earlier this year, ITV's Royal Editor Chris Ship said: "The portrait that Buckingham Palace released to mark the start of the decade.

"It was the Queen and the three future kings – and there was also a bit of video of them stirring Christmas puddings.

"I'm not saying they were cutting Harry and Meghan out because it was a brutal fact that Harry was never part of that line of succession but start of a decade it felt like the royal family was very much focusing on the future – the Queen and her three heirs."

  • Prince Charles
  • Prince Harry
  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince William
  • Queen
  • Prince George

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