According to a new book, Queen Elizabeth wanted to eliminate a photo of her grandson Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie that’s what made couple quit the royal family.
The new book “Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan” (Gallery) says that the British queen had an aide move a portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their eight-month-old son, Archie, off camera before she filmed her 2019 holiday programme.
The queen “looked over the tables where the images she had so meticulously picked were set,” according to a source quoted in the book.
“All were fine but one, [the queen] told the director.” Then she pointed to the Sussex picture and said: “That one, I suppose we don’t need that one.”
“We don’t comment on books of this kind because doing so risks giving it any form of legitimacy or credibility,” a representative for the queen told The Post. Requests for response from Harry and Meghan’s representative were not returned.
The queen’s purported holiday choice came after Prince Harry decided to spend Christmas in Canada with his wife, son, and mother-in-law, Doria Ragland, rather than in the United Kingdom.
When Prince William, Harry’s older brother, saw the queen’s televised address with other close relatives, he was shocked to notice the photo was missing from the lineup.
The second in line to the throne told his wife, Kate, that his brother was going to be “terribly unhappy,” according to the insider.
The book was met with silence from a spokeswoman for William and Kate.
According to Andersen, Harry confided in a friend that he “felt as if he, Meghan, and Archie were being erased from the family” as a result of the affront.
Within a month, Harry and Meghan had finalised the terms of their defection from royal duties, dubbed “Megxit” by the press, and had decamped to North America.