Queen Elizabeth II sparked controversy after she reportedly removed Harry and Meghan's photo from her parlor table. The disappearance is prompting many to speculate about an alleged royal rift.
Ever since Harry and Meghan exchanged vows in May 2018, the British tabloids have reported an estrangement brewing within the family. First, there was the purported rivalry between the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle over who was more popular. Then, there was the rumored estrangement between Prince Harry and Prince William stemming from Harry's rebellious views about moving to Africa with his wife and child. In a recent documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, the ginger prince and his American bride detailed the rigors of public life and the challenges Meghan has faced with the British tabloids.
In May 2018, a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was spotted in a snapshot of Queen Elizabeth's meeting with the Australian High Commissioner. According to Us Weekly, the image was an outtake from the sartorial engagement photoshoot that the young royals had just completed in advance of their wedding. It was positioned next to photos of Prince Charles and Prince William. However, by the time Queen Elizabeth was photographed in a meet-and-greet with Kisha Alexander-Grant, the High Commissioner of Grenada, on October 22, the picture of Meghan and Harry was gone. The rumor mill went crazy.
Royal watchers pounced on the statement, claiming that the world-famous siblings were in even more trouble than was initially assumed. Now that the photo of Harry and Meghan has disappeared from the Queen's table, it has given an added dimension to all the conjecture. Not only that, but Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been met with even more scrutiny in the press because of her honesty and vulnerability in the documentary; Adding the wayward photo to the mix simply increases the public's insatiable lust for discord in the family.
According to the internet, this is a tell-tale sign of trouble brewing in Buckingham Palace. In actuality, the Queen is a woman; a grandmother. Like any person with a spacious home and a large extended family, she is likely to showcase pictures of different sons, daughters, grandchildren, and the like at various intervals. The table in question has also sported the Queen's reading glasses in past photos. However, those are not a permanent fixture. They do not indicate a rivalry between the Queen and her eyesight. Therefore, all the speculation should be recognized for what it is: a pastime that keeps this fascinating family and its matriarch on everyone's minds.