Queen Elizabeth II Quietly Removed a Picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle From Her Sitting Room

In the midst of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey (here’s what we learned from watching it) and the announcement of their “bombshell” lawsuit against the parent company of Mail on Sunday, who published excerpts from a letter the Duchess of Sussex wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, Queen Elizabeth II has discretely removed a photograph of the couple she had proudly on display in her sitting room.

According to Cosmopolitan, the 93-year-old leader of the British monarchy no longer has a framed snapshot of Prince Harry and Markle on a side table in her sitting room at Buckingham Palace. It’s a place where she’s typically photographed meeting with high-ranking officials or dignitaries. 

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth I on June 26, 2018
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth I on June 26, 2018 | John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Hello! magazine first noticed the photo of the Sussexes in May of 2018 when Queen Elizabeth II met with Honorable George Brandis, the Australian High Commissioner to the U.K., and the two were photographed in her sitting room.

See the photo below surrounded by other framed pictures next to a red lamp. 

Queen Elizabeth II met with Honorable George Brandis, the Australian High Commissioner to the U.K., in May 2018
Queen Elizabeth II met with Honorable George Brandis, the Australian High Commissioner to the U.K., in May 2018 | John Stillwell – WPA Pool / Getty Images

Upon closer inspection, the sweet snapshot of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appears to be an outtake from the couple’s engagement photoshoot taken by photographer, Alexi Lubomirski, on the grounds of Frogmore House, where Markle and Prince Harry held their royal wedding reception.

Prince Harry may be seen wearing what looks to be a blue suit with his then-fiancée wearing a gray or light blue dress. They’re standing close with Markle showing off her engagement ring (which the duchess recently updated) — that Prince Harry designed himself — by placing her left hand on his chest.  

For whatever reason, this one didn’t make the cut along with the handful of other photographs Markle and Prince Harry released to the public in honor of impending nuptials. 

Picture absent during recent meeting of Queen Elizabeth II’s

Just two days ago on Oct. 22, 2019, Queen Elizabeth II met with High Commissioner for Grenada, Lakisha Grant, again, in the place where she receives guests, her sitting room. Looking at the same table, the snapshot of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is missing. 

Here’s the leader of the monarch meeting with Grant. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Lakisha Grant, High Commissioner for Grenada.
Queen Elizabeth II and Lakisha Grant, High Commissioner for Grenada on Oct. 22, 2019 | Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Noticeably absent from the table is the framed picture of Prince Harry and Markle. 

Now, the table’s home to only two family photos. One of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (it looks to be their official engagement portrait), and another of Prince Harry and Prince William. 

There’s been speculation that Queen Elizabeth II removed the picture of the Duke and Duchess and Sussex not as a snub but rather out of respect and concern for Prince Harry and Markle’s current struggle. It’s already been said that Queen Elizabeth II is “worried” about them. The couple’s privacy has been a huge issue (they welcomed baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019) and Queen Elizabeth II may have made the small gesture with the couple in mind as she’s not one to publicly comment on her family.