Queen mentions Princes Charles and William in Christmas day speech – but omits Harry

The Queen mentioned Prince Charles and Prince William in her Christmas address, but did not mention the brother of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2021 speech saw her pay homage to her “beloved” Prince Philip, recalling her “mischievous and inquiring sparkle” and praising her “sense of service, intellectual curiosity and ability to derive fun from any situation” .

When he recalled how the Duke of Edinburgh “was also one of the first champions in taking our stewardship of the environment seriously,” he mentioned his son and grandson, and also praised their wives, Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess. of Cornwall.

The Queen delivered her speech with a photo of herself and Philip by her side

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The queen, 95, said: “I am proud beyond words that her pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the top on changes. of the COP in Glasgow. “

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were not mentioned.

This is the second time in months that the Queen has mentioned Charles and William in a public speech while omitting Harry.

In a pre-recorded message played at the COP summit, she said: “It is a matter of great pride to me that my husband’s leading role in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet survives thanks to the work of our son. eldest Charles and his eldest son William.

“I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Although Harry has previously claimed to be on good terms with his grandmother, his relationship with the Royals is believed to still be under strain.

Royal expert Daniela Elser accused Prince Charles of "ignoring" Harry
The queen praised Charles, William and their wives, Camilla and Caterina

The Queen, Charles and William have yet to meet Harry, 37, and Meghan’s young daughter, Lilibet, born in August and named in honor of the monarch.

The couple now live in California with their two children, Lilibet and Archie, and Harry has only returned to the UK twice in the past 12 months; once for his grandfather’s funeral and a second occasion for the unveiling of a statue in honor of his mother, Princess Diana.

Harry returned to the UK to join his family at Prince Philip’s funeral in April

Meghan, 40, was pregnant when both visits took place and has not returned to the UK since the family moved to the US.

In their interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in March, Harry denied having “blinded” the queen with her decision to retire from royal duties.

The couple celebrates the holidays at their Los Angeles home
Harry and Meghan haven’t visited the UK together since they left last year

Meghan also revealed that she called the queen after news of Prince Philip’s then recent hospitalization.

The interview that captured the title included many shocks, including the bombshell claim that a member of the royal family asked what color baby Archie’s skin would be.

LONDON, UK - JULY 10: (EMBARGO FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER THE CREATION OF DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex look on a flypast to celebrate the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.  The centenary of the RAF, founded on 1 April 1918, was marked by a centenary parade with the unveiling of a new Queen's Color and the passage of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace.  (Photo by Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)
The queen has yet to meet Harry and Meghan’s daughter, who bears her name

The mansion usually remains silent on family matters, but spoke after Meghan and Harry's chat about Oprah
The mansion usually remains silent on family matters, but spoke after Meghan and Harry’s chat about Oprah

While the palace usually remains silent on family matters, a statement has been made on behalf of the queen.

It reads: “The whole family is saddened to learn how difficult the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are troubling.

“While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family in private. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members. “

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