Prince George saw his spot in the line of succession strengthened in a targeted photoshoot alongside the now-King and his father, Prince William.
“The unspoken code was straightforward: the future of the monarchy was assured, with or without Meghan and Harry.”
The author said in his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess the Duke of Sussex’s concerns about being pushed out were further exacerbated when he was refused a meeting with his grandmother
He continued: “This sense that, despite their international popularity, they were low down the royal totem pole was confirmed when Harry arranged to meet the Queen for a grandson-to-grandmother chat in early January.
Prince George’s photo played a key role in Harry and Meghan’s departure, Morton claimed
Prince George was pictured alongside the late Queen and the next two in line to the throne
“At the last minute, the meeting was postponed. Harry suspected classic internal politics, his family was concerned that anything the Queen agreed during informal conversations would be used by Harry as a negotiating tactic.”
Royal author Valentine Low reported several sources suggested the Duke of Sussex was “fixated” on having “a shelf life” within the Royal Family.
Quoted in his book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, an unnamed insider said of Harry: “He had this thing that he had a shelf life.
The Queen had her great-grandchildren join her on the balcony during the Jubilee
“He would compare himself with his uncle [Andrew]. He would say, ‘I have this time to make this impact.
“Because I can until George turns 18, was the way he was thinking about it. ‘Then I will be the also-ran.’
“He was genuinely thinking of it as, ‘I have this platform now, for a limited amount of time. I want to move forward, move forward.'”
And signs already began to appear of George, Charlotte and Louis taking some of the attention away as the children of the Prince and Princess of Wales saw their public appearances increase exponentially over the past year.
George, Charlotte and Louis at Sandringham at Christmas
Royal expert Eric Schiffer said: “Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s importance in the Royal Family as they grow up will clobber the UK fame of Harry and Meghan, and they have a high probability of doing the same outside Great Britain.”
Mr Schiffer noted the Queen’s funeral in September marked a further change for Prince Harry, as remaining working members of the Royal Family had their status elevated whilst his was “further reduced”.
Mr Schiffer added: “The funeral was a difficult day for Harry. He faced a grisly moment. The death of someone he cares about is always difficult but [he is now] also facing a new order of power and of the crown
“He has now been further reduced in terms of his influence.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK