Here's Why Queen Elizabeth's Annual Christmas Speech Excluded Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Queen Elizabeth excludes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from framed photos seen in preview of annual Christmas speech

By Cydney Contreras 24 Dec, 2019 2:56 AMTags
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Queen Elizabeth is saying goodbye to a "bumpy" 2019 and hello to a fresh start in 2020.

In her annual Christmas speech, the fiercely private Queen of England is making subtle reference to the hardships the Royal Family endured this year. She says in a preview of the BBC telecast she believes that "small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding."

The family matriarch continues, "The path, of course, is not always smooth and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference."

Of course, these words can make reference to a myriad of scandals that plagued the family of Windsor this year, from Prince Andrew's ties to the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's feud with the media. 

One thing that wasn't so subtle was the Queen's choice to exclude photos of Meghan, Harry and their son Archie Harrison, while positioning others front and center. Situated on her desk were photos of Prince WilliamKate Middleton and their brood, as well as Prince CharlesCamillaPrince Phillip and her late father King George VI

Some were quick to point out that the included members of the Royal Family are all from the line of succession. But there were others who recalled that Meghan and Harry's wedding pictures were included in last year's telecast, along with that of Princess Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank.

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Regardless, this is just one of the many events the public looks forward to seeing the Royal Family participate in every year. Per usual, many members of the family are heading to Sandringham estate in the north, where the Queen prefers to celebrate the holidays. On Christmas Day, the adults will all make the traditional walk up to the church and it is speculated this might be the year Prince George and Princess Charlotte take part in the stroll. 

Of course, Prince Harry and Meghan will not be taking part in the family tradition as they are still enjoying "private family time" with Archie and Meghan's mum Doria Ragland in Canada. They shared the latest update from their vacation on Monday when they sent out their Christmas greeting featuring their little one.

You can see more of the famous family when the Queen's Christmas message is shown by the BBC at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day in the U.K.