Prince William wanted to send Prince Harry a "message" with the 2019 line of succession holiday photo.
Harry and Meghan were reportedly upset about the photo when it dropped.
Kay, so remember 2019? Me neither, but the royal family released a slightly infamous photo for the holidays of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George (aka the line of succession), and there was allllll kinds of drama about Prince Harry being left out.
At the time, The Times reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were upset about the photo, and saw it as a "signal that they were being excluded from royal life." And now we're getting some more insight into exactly what went down thanks to the positively drama-filled book Battle of Brothers by royal historian Robert Lacey.
In the book (via Us Weekly), Lacey reports that while the idea for the photo was Prince Charles', William wanted to use it to "send a message" to Harry.
📸 To mark the start of a new decade, a portrait has been released of Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George. The portrait was taken by Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Photograph © Ranald Mackechnie
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“According to insiders, this formal photograph, taken in the Buckingham Palace Throne Room a week before Christmas 2019, was the idea of Prince Charles, anxious to promote his cause of the ‘slimmed-down monarchy.’ Palace sources have also let it be known that the plan of depicting the direct line of royal succession was enthusiastically supported by Prince William, who was not saying anything for the record—but who wanted to send his younger brother a message.”
I mean....THE DRAMA OF IT ALL.
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