Prince William ‘sent Harry message with Prince George photo’ – and he took it to heart
Every Christmas the royals treat fans to adorable family photos to thank people for their support and to celebrate the festive season.
George, Charlotte, Louis and little Archie have stolen the show in recent years, with each photo showing just how much they’ve grown.
But the royal family’s heirs photo reportedly caused upset back in January, and the author of a new book claiming Princes Charles and William used it to send a message to Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
As well as their individual family photos, the Queen shared a cute snap of her with her son, grandson and great grandson – showing our three future kings.
It shows the four royals standing in Buckingham Palace’s Throne Room, with George and Charles standing on a step next to William and the Queen.
They are all dressed smartly, with George looking adorable in a white shirt and a pair of tartan trousers.
It accompanied a sweet video of them making Christmas puddings, with the youngest future king getting involved with the stirring, released a few weeks earlier.
Following the line of succession, Harry and his son Archie were nowhere to be seen – as they are much further down the line.
In his new book Battle of Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey claims the photo was Charles’s idea as he wanted to show his new idea of a ‘slimmed down’ monarchy’.
Writing for the Daily Mail, he says: “What a fascinating and historic image to remind us of the essence of the royal system! The current monarch with three future monarchs. All the living heirs — and not a suggestion of a ‘spare’.
“According to insiders, this formal photograph, taken in the Buckingham Palace Throne Room a week before Christmas 2019, was the idea of Prince Charles, anxious to promote his cause of the ‘slimmed-down monarchy’.
“Palace sources have also let it be known that the plan of depicting the direct line of royal succession was enthusiastically supported by Prince William, which might be seen as sending his younger brother a message.”
According to Lacey, Meghan and Harry took this photo “to heart” and were upset by it.
Most royal experts have claimed this decision probably wasn’t meant to upset the Sussexes, but it simply shows how the royal family works.
Speaking earlier this year, ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said: “The portrait that Buckingham Palace released to mark the start of the decade. It was the Queen and the three future kings – and there was also a bit of video of them stirring Christmas puddings.
“I’m not saying they were cutting Harry and Meghan out because it was a brutal fact that Harry was never part of that line of succession but start of a decade it felt like the royal family was very much focusing on the future – the Queen and her three heirs.”
Powered by Translate