Queen mentions Princes Charles and William in Christmas day speech – but omits Harry

The Queen namechecked Prince Charles and Prince William in her Christmas Day address – but made no mention of the Duke of Cambridge’s brother, Prince Harry.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2021 speech saw her pay tribute to her “beloved” Prince Philip, remembering his “mischievous, enquiring twinkle” and commending his “sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation”.

As she recalled how the Duke of Edinburgh “was also an early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment” she mentioned her son and grandson, and also commended their wives, Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen, 95, said: “I am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the COP climate change summit in Glasgow.”

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were not mentioned.

This is the second time in as many months that the Queen has mentioned Charles and William in a public address while omitting Harry.

In a pre-recored message played at the COP summit, she said: "It is a source of great pride to me that the leading role my husband played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, lives on through the work of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William.

"I could not be more proud of them."

While Harry has previously maintained that he is on good terms with his grandmother, his relationship with the Royals is believed to still be under strain.

The Queen, Charles and William are yet to meet Harry, 37, and Meghan’s baby daughter Lilibet, who was born in August and named in honour of the monarch.

The couple now live in California with their two children, Lilibet and Archie, and Harry has flown back to the UK just twice in the past 12 months; once for his grandfather’s funeral and on a second occasion for the unveiling of a statue in honour of his mother, Princess Diana.

Meghan, 40, was pregnant when both visits took place and has not returned to the UK since the family relocated to the States.

In their Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired in March, Harry denied claims he “blindsided” the Queen with his decision to step back from Royal duties.

Meghan also revealed that she called the Queen following news of Prince Philip’s then recent hospitalisation.

The headline-grabbing interview included plenty of shocks though, including the bombshell claim that a member of the Royal Family asked what colour baby Archie’s skin would be.

While the Palace usually remains silent on family matters, a statement was issued on behalf of the Queen.

It read: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.

“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

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