Royal fans fume as Queen fails to mention Harry and Meghan in Christmas speech

Royal fans have been left fuming after the Queen failed to mention Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in her Christmas address while praising Prince William and Kate.

This year, Her Majesty delivered a moving traditional festive address as she spoke about spending the first Christmas without her "beloved" husband.

This is the first Christmas that the Queen will be spending without Prince Phillip in 73 years.

The Duke of Edinburg passed away in April at the age of 99.

In her festive address, the monarch paid tribute to Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

However, there was no direct mention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the Queen appeared to have snubbed the Sussexes overall.

The Queen did mention the couple's daughter when she paid tribute to her four new great-grandchildren, Lilibet, August, Sienna and Lucas, born this year.

In her speech, the 95-year-old monarch praised the work of her son Charles and grandson William for their environmental work, noting that they were "admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine".

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She said: "We see our own children and their families embrace the roles, traditions and values that mean so much to us, as these are passed from one generation to the next, sometimes being updated for changing times.

"I see it in my own family and it is a source of great happiness.

Reports of a rift have been growing since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, in which Prince Harry said there was "space" between himself and his older brother.

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On a trip to South Africa the previous October, Prince Harry said he and Prince William were on “different paths at the moment".

The Queen paid a moving tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, saying: "Although it's a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones.

"This year, especially, I understand why.

"But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world.

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"His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible."

The Queen's decision to not mention Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left royal fans in an uproar, with many supporting the Queen's omission.

The Reasoned Ranter said: "Being irrelevant nobodies, the Markles neither deserved nor got a mention. As ever, her majesty gets it right."

Another said: "She acknowledged their new child. That’s all that needed to be said."

Dom said: "They've made their bed and now they can lie in it… lie being the operative word when it comes to those two, you can't blame the children for their parents she knows that, as those in America start to pale into irrelevance they'll do the same thing again and again and lie for attention….. especially her."

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