Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to allegedly remove a picture of her grandson, Prince Harry and his new family, made the Duke of Sussex feel that he was “being erased from the family”.
The claim was made by bestselling author Christopher Andersen in his new book, which will be published on Tuesday entitled “Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan.”
In it, Andersen quoted a source who claimed that the reigning British monarch had had a palace assistant move a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie, who was eight months old at the time, outside the camera before she recorded its holiday broadcast in 2019, Side Six reported on Monday.
The insider claimed that the 95-year-old “looked over the tables where the photographs she had so lovingly selected were arranged.”
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“Everyone was fine except one, [the queen] told the director, “the source claimed.” Then she pointed to the Sussex picture and said, ‘The one, I suppose we do not need it’. “
The queen’s alleged holiday decision came after Harry, 37, chose to spend Christmas with his mother-in-law Doria Ragland with his wife Meghan Markle and their son in Canada instead of in the UK, the newspaper reported.
His older brother, Prince William, was reportedly “appalled” when he realized the picture in question was missing from the row. The source claimed the 39-year-old told his wife Kate Middleton that his siblings would likely be “terribly upset.”
Andersen also claimed that after the broadcast, Harry allegedly told a friend that he “felt as if he, Meghan and Archie were being deleted from the family.”
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In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were retiring as senior members of the Royal Family. Their departure from royal duties began that year because of what they described as the intrusion of the British media and racist attitudes towards the former American actress, 40.
Representatives of Kensington Palace, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Andersen’s allegations. However, a spokeswoman for the Queen told Fox News that “we never comment on such books.”
Andersen also claimed that Harry’s father, Prince Charles, was the royal who speculated about Archie’s skin color before he was born.
In March 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down for an all-inclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they made shocking claims about their time in the royal family. One of the most provocative allegations was when Markle revealed that a member of the royal family had “concerns” about the color of her baby’s skin before he was born. At that moment, Harry made sure to note that it was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip, which left the door open for speculation.
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A source close to the royal family claimed to Andersen that Charles wondered aloud over the child’s complexion during a conversation in 2017 that took place shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were engaged.
“I wonder what the kids will look like?” Charles reportedly told his wife, Camilla, as quoted by Page Six.
Camilla was reportedly “somewhat surprised” and remarked that the child would be “wonderful”.
Charles, who allegedly lowered his voice, asked, “I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?”
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Representatives of Clarence House, Charles and his wife’s residence, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, a spokesman told The New York Post that “this is fiction and not worth commenting on.”
The book claimed that Charles, 73, merely expressed a harmless curiosity about what the child might look like, suggesting that it was more a PR issue of the royal family dealing with a darker skin. The business reported that Charles’ considerations were quickly distorted by court people and got a much more toxic and racist spin when Markle and Harry heard about them.
Nick Bullen, an award-winning documentary filmmaker as well as co-founder and editor-in-chief of True Royalty TV, has previously told Fox News that he believes Charles is “crushed” over the allegations. The filmmaker has worked closely with the Prince of Wales for almost a decade.
“I think the Prince of Wales must be shocked and crushed,” Bullen told Fox News last year. “Imagine if a member of your family, especially your son or daughter, goes on TV and says, ‘My relationship has broken down with my father?’ “Even if it’s true, the world knows it now. So I think the Prince of Wales must be crushed.”
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“I have no doubt the man cares about his son,” Bullen added. “We’ve only really heard one side of the story. And so far, Meghan and Harry have won the PR war.”
Shortly after the interview was broadcast, Buckingham Palace issued a 60-word statement on behalf of the Queen.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” the statement said.
“The issues raised, particularly race, are worrying,” the statement added. “Although some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex now live in the coastal city of Montecito, California. On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The name pays homage to both the queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.