King Charles’ exclusion of Prince Harry from the Christmas day speech is part of the monarch’s strategy to play a ‘clever long game’, according to a royal expert.
During their tell-all Netflix documentary earlier this year, Harry and Meghan Markle detailed the upsetting family disputes happening behind the scenes.
One notable moment was the family meeting at Sandringham, in which Harry claimed it was his decision to quit royal life in the UK rather than Meghan’s.
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During the discussion, Harry alleged that his father said things about the situation that “just simply weren’t true”, while his grandmother, the late Queen, “looked on”.
King Charles has not responded to these public allegations.
Experts believe that as part of a strategy, the King decided to leave the Duke and Duchess of Sussex out of his first inaugural Christmas day speech since becoming reigning monarch.
Reflecting on the Royal Family in 2022 with GB News, historian David Starkey claimed Harry and Meghan’s relevance to the public had reduced.
“I mean, a near majority of people not only say they don’t much like them, but they actually want them stripped of their titles,” said Starkey.
Harry and Meghan did offer to relinquish their titles upon stepping back from royal duties, however, it isn’t an action that has yet been accepted by the crown.
Although recent reports say King Charles is waiting to consider the fate of the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as whether to give Prince and Princess titles to his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet.
Starkey continued: “With every passing day, I think with every desperate attempt at taking a little molehill of grievance and trying to turn it into a vast, vast Himalayas of resentment, they become less relevant.
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The historian suggested that the King was taking a step back from the situation to enable things to subside.
He added: “What I think Charles is doing is actually playing a rather long game.
“He’s just letting events take their course, which I think is a very wise thing to do.”
King Charles' approach may be why the Sussex’s were not noted in the Christmas day speech, according to Starkey.
During his address to the nation, Charles discussed the passing of the Queen and Prince Phillip as well as shared his condolences with those that had similarly lost loved ones.
Among other topics the monarch also touched upon the cost of living crisis.
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