The Queen appears to have left out Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie from her Christmas broadcast

Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Broadcast 2019.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Broadcast 2019.
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The Queen has given fans a first look at her upcoming Christmas Day broadcast, however, it seems that some members of the family are missing.

An image from the broadcast (above), which was circulated in a press release from Buckingham Palace, shows Her Majesty sitting in Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room, surrounded by photos of her family.

A photo of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall is featured, as well as one of Her Majesty’s father, King George VI. Another picture shows the monarch’s husband Prince Philip, who was just released from hospital on Christmas Eve after being treated for a pre-existing condition.

Her Majesty also displayed a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2019 Christmas card, which included their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Even though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their first family Christmas card with their son Archie this week, the Queen chose not to display it alongside the Cambridge family’s card.

This is a contrast to last year’s speech, where Her Majesty displayed a royal family photo that included Harry and Markle in it.

However, since the broadcast is not due to air in the UK until Christmas Day, it’s possible the Queen could still give a nod to Harry and Markle in some other way, for instance in the contents of her speech.

The couple are currently spending their first Christmas away from the royal family, as they vacation with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, in Canada.

Even though Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the couple’s decision had the full support of the monarch, some people claimed Meghan was “snubbing” the Queen and that it could signal underlying issues with the royal family.

There were also reports that the Queen was worried about the couple after they expressed they were struggling with royal life in their royal tour documentary.

An anonymous royal source told the Evening Standard that “the Queen has been a source of strength” for the couple, and that she had “invited them both to Balmoral where family problems are usually aired.”

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