King Charles Omits Mention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Christmas Speech

"We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them in each cherished tradition."

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On Sunday, December 25th, King Charles gave his first Christmas speech in nearly 70 years.

The 74-year-old monarch, who delivered the speech in a video shared on the British royal family's YouTube channel, remembered his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and praised the work of Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton as senior members of the royal family.

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Charles began his speech by saying, "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."

He then expressed his gratitude for the "letters, cards, and messages" that people had sent him and his wife, saying, "I cannot thank you enough for the love and sympathy you have shown our whole family."

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The King also acknowledged that Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, saying, "We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them in each cherished tradition."

He later praised William and Kate, saying that they recently visited Wales and "shined a light on practical examples of this community spirit." Footage of the couple from their public outings was also played during the speech.

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While King Charles expressed appreciation for soldiers, medical staff, and teachers, some noticed that he did not mention Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

This has led to speculation about tension between the couple and the royal family, especially in light of the recent Netflix docu-series "Harry & Meghan," in which Harry spoke about having a difficult time reuniting with Charles and Prince William for his grandfather's funeral in April 2021.

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