Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas speech was the ‘final straw’ for Meghan and Harry, according to authors

Harry & Meghan reported to have declined the invitation to spend the holidays with the royals this year.


With Harry’s memoir being in the process of making, all eyes are on the royals yet again.

According to the publishing house Random House, the book which is about to be released in the weeks to come is eagerly anticipated by the media and the wide public.

In a press release, they stated, “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow and horror.

“With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

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When Harry announced his book, he said, “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born, but as the man, I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”

“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

One might say that what the book is about to reveal will further ruin the bridges between Harry and his family, and although no one knows with certainty what the prince will communicate, several outlets reported the book will reveal a number of bombshells.

As of now, the family, just like any other out there, is getting ready for the celebration of Christmas. During the years, they have celebrated the holiday with family gatherings hosted by the Queen herself. However, now that she passed away, it is the new monarch, King Charles, who would be hosting the Christmas celebration.

US Weekly reported that the Prince and Princess of Wales are keen on celebrating the most magical day of the year with their family at Sandringham. This is because they want to give their three children a yearly family tradition.

“It’s important to them that their kids share childhood traditions like their school pals,” the insider told Us Weekly in 2018.

“They’re going all-out to make it extra special.”

They, however, would certainly attend the formal dinner on Christmas Eve, often including Norfolk shrimp and lamb.

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The morning, as per tradition, is reserved for a classic English breakfast consisting of eggs, sausages, bacon, and beans. 

Following the traditional visit to St Mary Magdalene Church, the royals have their Christmas lunch, the main course of which being a roast turkey.

As mentioned before, this year’s celebration will be hosted by King Charles. At the same time, after 70 years, he would give the annual speech for the first time ever as King.

And as the public is eager to tune in, royal experts believe that Harry and Meghan won’t be among those who would listen to what the King has to say as they have already allegedly declined the invitation to spend Christmas with the royal family.


Another reason would be that according to experts, it was such a speech, delivered by the Queen in 2019, that was the final straw which made the Sussexes step down from their royal duties.

When the Queen addressed the nation during the speech in question, there were plenty of photos of each member of the family in the background, but not Meghan’s or Harry’s. This was interpreted by many as a sign that the Sussexes weren’t considered a fundamental part of the family. At the time, the couple had already started transitioning to a non-royal life. But ‘photo-gate’, as it was dubbed in a number of tabloids, was the final nail in the coffin.


Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand of the biography Finding Freedom claim that Harry and Meghan felt like they “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,” they wrote.

“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 own path.”


Allegedly, before the speech, Queen Elizabeth removed a photo of Harry and Meghan, but left one showing her and Prince Philip meeting Archie for the very first time.

“(The queen) loves all of her children and grandchildren, there’s no doubt about that,” he told Today. “But when it comes to ‘The Firm,’ as they call the royal family, she is all business,” author Christopher Andersen wrote.

“That’s why she wouldn’t allow Harry and Meghan to remain as kind of part-time royals on the terms that they wanted.”

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