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King Charles purposely failed to mention Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in his Christmas address after they "went rogue" with their Netflix docuseries, amid fears the Prince's memoir could be "toxic", says one royal expert.
His Majesty, King Charles III made his first ever Christmas address to the nation as Monarch from St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the final resting place of his mother, Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
In his speech, he made a direct reference to the Cost Of Living crisis and the work of the Royal Family, including his son Prince William and his wife Princess Catherine.
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However, he did not give any mention of his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex – who recently released a controversial Netflix documentary series.
And royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star that this was purposeful, and that His Majesty "crafted his speech superbly".
He said: "There was no mention of Harry and Meghan, nor should there have been. Their Netflix docuseries was damaging to the royal family and his memoir out in January may well be toxic.
"The early months of King Charles’s reign have seen something of a baptism of fire with the Sussexes going rogue.
"With this well-structured speech he will have reached out to many millions of people in a caring and thoughtful way."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their controversial six-part television series on Netflix, where they went into more detail about their alleged mistreatment by The Firm.
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Former BBC News presenter and Royal Correspondent Simon McCoy also exclusively told The Daily Star that he was not surprised the pair were not mentioned.
He said: "I'm sure in Montecito they were probably thinking about 'he's not mentioned us', but why should he? I wasn't surprised at all, he was talking about his role.
"The images of the working members of the Royal Family, that was quite clear that was quite deliberate. This is the future. And why should he mention the non-working members of the Royal Family?"
Simon also thinks that if His Majesty did mention the US-based couple, it would detract attention away from the important work the Royal Family do,
The former Sky News broadcaster explained: "If he had mentioned that, it would have been rather difficult because then all the focus would have been off to America again."
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