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King Charles III Leaves Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Out Of His Inaugural Christmas Speech

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By Favour Adegoke on December 26, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST
Updated on December 27, 2022 at 2:07 AM EST

King Charles III is not interested in making public comments about his son, Prince Harry, and daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle.

The new King showed his silent stance on the Duke and Duchess by not mentioning them in his inaugural Christmas speech, despite thoroughly lauding his brother and wife, Prince William and Princess Kate.

While it is unclear what might have led King Charles to boycott the names of his estranged son's family, the duo's bombshell Netflix documentary might have spurred the decision.

Prince Harry and Markle stepped down from their royal duties in 2020 and have since been involved in a sort of cold war with the monarchy.

Read on to learn more.

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King Charles III Honored His Mother

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla on their first official visit as the new leader of the United Kingdom

On December 25, King Charles gave his first Christmas Day speech, continuing the annual tradition that the late Queen Elizabeth II had marked since she assumed the throne decades ago.

The most senior British royal who became the ruler of the United Kingdom a few months delivered a heartfelt speech on the special occasion, taking out much time to honor his late mother, who passed on in September at the age of 96.

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"I am standing here in this exquisite Chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle, so close to where my beloved mother, the late Queen, is laid to rest with my dear father," the royal said, per Us Weekly. "I am reminded of the deeply touching letters, cards, and messages which so many of you have sent my wife and myself, and I cannot thank you enough for the love and sympathy you have shown our whole family."

While his goodwill address covered many other topics, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were noticeably absent from it.

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King Charles III Lauded Prince Williams And Princess Kate

The Royal Family

His Majesty showered all the accolades on his son Prince Williams and his wife, Princess Kate, who had joined him at the Sandringham church service with their three children.

In his speech, he noted how the duo has been carrying out their royal responsibilities and standing out as a beacon of light for the citizens during their several public outings, including a recent visit to Wales.

Video of the 40-year-old duke and duchess' public appearances was played as King Charles lauded the couple. Elsewhere in the address, King Charles discussed how the festive day sometimes elicits sad emotions from those who have lost their loved ones.

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He said: "Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones. We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them in each cherished tradition.

He then urged the people to continue to believe in a greater power, just like his mother did while she was alive.

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Prince William And Kate Middleton Unhappy With 'Harry And Meghan'

following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
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It is no surprise that the King snubbed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in his speech, as he has been at arm's length with them since they announced their decision to step down as senior royals in January 2020.

The rift between them has further widened since then and was recently worsened by the 38-year-old son and the 41-year-old "Suits" alum releasing their bombshell Netflix docuseries, "Harry & Meghan."

While none of the senior royals have made any direct comments to address the documentary, a source close to the monarchy shared that Princess Kate was upset with its content. The source said, per Us Weekly, "Kate feels hurt and betrayed that Harry would do this to her too, especially as the pair used to be so close."

The insider also revealed that Prince William was "disappointed with Harry for portraying him and the family in a cynical light."

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'Harry And Meghan' Bombshells

The Sussexes

Some of the scenes that might have been referenced include the tense meeting between Prince Harry and other senior royals in the wake of his decision to step down from his senior royal position.

"It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me, and my father say things that just simply weren't true, and my grandmother [Queen Elizabeth II] quietly sit there and sort of take it all in," Harry shared in the Netflix documentary, which debuted in two parts on December 8 and December 15, respectively.

He added, "But you have to understand that — from the family's perspective — especially from hers, there are ways of doing things, and her ultimate sort of mission, goal, slash responsibility, is the institution."

In another part, he discussed reuniting with Charles and Prince William for grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021, explaining that it was a tough one.

He said, per Us Weekly, "It was hard. Especially spending time and having chats with my brother and my father. [They] were very much focused on the same misinterpretation of the whole situation."

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