For her yearly speech last Christmas, the Queen sat at her desk and addressed the nation about the highlights of the year. On her desk there were portraits of the Cambridges, Charles and Camilla, Prince Philip and her father, George VI.
However, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex and their son, Archie, were nowhere to be seen.
Royal fans speculated about the major omission, considering the Sussexes’ photograph was included with the other portraits the previous year.
But as well as the photo, the Queen made no mention of the couple, which only sparked more debate.
Speaking to the Mirror’s royal podcast, Pod Save the Queen, royal author Robert Lacey said the Queen’s omission raised “suspicion” within the Royal Family.
He said: “The picture of the Sussexes that had been on the royal desk the year before had vanished.
“There was no mention in the Queen’s broadcast of the word ‘Sussex’.
“She did mention and welcome her eighth great grandchild, but she didn’t say the word Archie.
“Clearly there was suspicion building up inside the family and inside the palaces about what this project that Sussex Royal, that Harry and Meghan were launching, was all about.”
“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.”
The Mirror’s royal expert Russell Myers claimed the Sussexes were clearly displeased by the decision to not include their portrait on the desk.