PRINCE HARRY supporters have hit out at claims suggesting the Duke of Sussex felt “excluded” from a poignant Royal Family portrait.
Prince Harry was “sent a message” about his and Meghan Markle’s role within the Royal Family with a poignant portrait, according to author Robert Lacey. The Duke of Sussex did not feature in the annual New Year photo, which included the Queen and her three immediate heirs. But Royally Obsessed hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie however vehemently dismissed the claims, insisting Harry was fully aware the portrait focused on the first three next in line to the throne.
Ms Bowie said: “Harry saw the official royal portrait of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George as exclusionary.
“It sounded like he was like, ‘oh, they left me out,’ in a b***hy way.”
Despite conceding the portrait focused on the immediate line of succession, Ms Bowie suggested Prince Harry could have been included as a “prominent” family member.
She continued: “How hard would it have been to include Harry?
Prince Harry fans dismissed claims of him feeling “excluded” from the family portrait (Image: GETTY)
The Royal Family portrait focused on the Queen and her three immediate heirs, Charles, William and George (Image: RANALD MACKECHNIE)
“I get that it’s a line of succession photo but it feels like you’re excluding one prominent member of the family.”
Fellow presenter Roberta Fiorito also dismissed suggestions claiming the Duke of Sussex had been offended by the alleged exclusion.
But she admitted failure to include him had probably reinforced his conviction to quit his role as a working royal to live independently with Meghan and their son Archie.
Ms Fiorito said: “I don’t think I believe that one. That one is a line of succession portrait.
The Royal Family released a whole series of pictures of the Queen with her heirs (Image: GETTY/Chris Jackson)
Prince Harry’s decision to quit was made easier after the portrait was published, experts have suggested (Image: GETTY)
“I don’t think Harry would…the book alleges that it just made his decision even easier, and that could be true.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took a one year break from royal duties to test the waters away from the Royal Family.
They agreed to a trial period during which they settled down in the Californian town of Santa Barbara to work on the launch of their new non-profit organisation, Archewell.
With the coronavirus pandemic delaying their plans, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have volunteered their time to help the local community during lockdown.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not been working royals since March (Image: GETTY)
They also opened up about their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, with the Duchess of Sussex openly discussing her personal experience with racism.
And last month it was announced Harry and Meghan had struck a multi-million deal with Netflix to produce a series of documentaries and educational programmes over the next few years.
The couple, who in Janurary said they wanted to become financially independent from the royal purse, repayed £2.4 million used for the renovation of their Frogmore Cottage home into the Royal Grant.
And they also confirmed they will no longer rely on the earnings of the Duchy of Cornwall Prince Charles manages which are regularly used to fund the private lives of the children of the Prince of Wales.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK