The Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the family during her Christmas address. Picture: AFP/John Stillwell
The Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the family during her Christmas address. Picture: AFP/John Stillwell

Is Harry the Queen’s favourite?

THE Queen used her annual Christmas Speech to publicly welcome Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle into the Royal Family.

A framed photo of the loved-up couple announcing their engagement could be seen in the background as the 91-year-old monarch addressed the globe, reports The Sun.

The Queen already has a picture of Harry and Meghan Markle (far left) on her desk. Picture: BBC.
The Queen already has a picture of Harry and Meghan Markle (far left) on her desk. Picture: BBC.

 

Also visible in family photos behind The Queen were Prince Charles with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and individual photos of her great-grandchildren Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two.

Two pictures of the Queen and Philip - taken 70 years apart - can also be seen.

A black and white photo shows the couple on their wedding day in 1947, alongside a colour photo released this November to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

But even though George and Charlotte are prominently displayed, their parents, Prince William and Kate are not.

During the televised message the Queen said she and the Duke of Edinburgh "look forward to welcoming new members into [our family] next year."

Meghan Markle took pride of place on the Queen’s desk, but William and Kate did not. Picture: AP/Alastair Grant
Meghan Markle took pride of place on the Queen’s desk, but William and Kate did not. Picture: AP/Alastair Grant

She will not only have been talking about Prince William's third child with Kate Middleton, due in April, but Markle, who is set to marry Prince Harry in May.

On Christmas Day, the 36-year-old became the first royal fiancee to spend Christmas Day with the senior royals at the Queen's Sandringham estate.

Both the invite and the unnamed mention in the prerecorded address show just how quickly the former actress has been accepted into the family.

The Queen's speech was this year used to praise Manchester and London for their response to the "appalling" terror attacks in their cities this year.

The royal hailed the "powerful identities" which shone through in the face of evil, and paid tribute to those killed, injured or who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

She also thanked to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has retired from solo public duties, praising his "support and unique sense of humour".

The Queen seems to have taken a shine to Meghan Markle. Picture: AFP/Adrian Dennis
The Queen seems to have taken a shine to Meghan Markle. Picture: AFP/Adrian Dennis

The Queen also looked back over the last year, with "home" as the theme.

The Queen said: "We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love ... there is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home."

This year's annual address was recorded in the palace's 1844 room which is decorated with a large tree and features family photos.

Kate, Prince Philip, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Christmas Day church service in Sandringham. Picture: AP/Alastair Grant
Kate, Prince Philip, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Christmas Day church service in Sandringham. Picture: AP/Alastair Grant

 

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.



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