In his Christmas Day message broadcasted on BBC One, King Charles III focused on praising the work of the ‘beloved’ royal family members, particularly highlighting the charitable endeavors of Prince William, Princess Kate, and their three children in 2023. This address, set against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace, noticeably did not include any reference to his younger son Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan.
The omission follows a tumultuous year for Harry and Meghan, who are currently based in the US. The couple’s relationship with the Royal Family, particularly with King Charles and Prince William, has been strained since their departure from royal duties. This tension was further fueled by Harry and Meghan’s explosive interviews, their docuseries, and the upcoming release of Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’ in January.
Additionally, the release of Omid Scobie’s book ‘Endgame‘ has further intensified the rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family. Notably, this year’s Christmas speech by King Charles made no mention of Harry, Meghan, or their children, mirroring last year’s address, which was his first after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry and Meghan, who have not spent Christmas at Sandringham since 2018, are reportedly celebrating the festive season at their home in Montecito, while the rest of the Royal Family continues their traditional gathering at Sandringham. The Sussexes have been residing in the United States with their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, since their move from the UK.