Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

Missing word from Prince Harry’s Xmas card must’ve dismayed Queen, expert claims

A royal expert has suspected the Royal Family reacted with “dismay” at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas card message.

Meghan and Harry released their annual festive card just before Christmas (December 23), and used the opportunity to finally share a picture of their daughter Lilibet with the public for the first time.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted not to use the word “Christmas”, instead using “holidays” in a message that read: "'This year we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a 'Mama and Papa' and Lili made us a family.

The picture was released by charity Rubicon, and any money raised will be donated to the efforts to support Afghan families resettling in US communities.

But, despite its positive message, royal commentator Neil Sean has claimed on his YouTube channel that the Royal Family were “rather confused” by the Sussexes’ message.

“As we all know, Prince Harry was born a British prince, and there’s nothing more sacred to Her Majesty than her Christian faith, and this particular time of year, she holds with great affection,” Neil suggested.

“So as you can imagine, I’m suspecting her dismay at the Christmas greeting which was on the card.

“I’m told this phrase, ‘Happy Holidays’ is very much a Californian slang.”

In the picture on the card, Meghan can be seen lifting Lilibet while Harry holds their son Archie, and Neil spotted comparisons with other royal pictures of the past.

“It’s a very relaxed picture of seemingly a very happy family,” he continued.

“Some people have said that this is very akin to the late great Princess Diana, the way she was holding her youngest son Prince Harry. And again, why not if that’s what you want to do.”

And, the royal commentator speculated that the image illustrated the couple’s move towards a non-royal lifestyle, having stepped back from royal duties and relocated to the US last year.

“Prince Harry’s ripped jeans basically say: a man who could be possibly approaching something of a rebel teenager. Not exactly the best look for someone associated with the British monarchy," he claimed.

“Harry and Meghan like to do things their way, and they like to be more independent, and clearly, they don’t care if this fits in with the monarchy rule or not.

“So how was it received by senior royals? I think a little bit of confusion, dismay, and at points despairing.

“But will that affect Harry and Meghan’s move as they decide to push their brand in a more relaxed, informal way in 2022?”

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