PUBLISHED: 14:15, Sat, Oct 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:15, Sat, Oct 3, 2020
TV viewers were quick to notice the absence of the pair during the festive address, which was aired on Christmas Day as the Sussexes celebrated thousands of miles away in Canada. The monarch carefully placed four framed photos on her desk, including one of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posing with their three children.
British historian and royal biographer Robert Lacey detailed the Queen’s move in his new book, Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.
He claimed the absence of a snap of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie was a “deliberate” act.
In an excerpt published in the Daily Mail, Mr Lacey wrote: "The absence of a single Sussex from the 2019 assemblage of significant royal faces in the Queen’s Christmas broadcast appeared to reflect a deliberate decision on her part.
"She would be providing no brand endorsement opportunities this year for Sussex Royal."
The Queen 'deliberately' kept a picture of the Sussexes out of her Christmas address, a book claims (Image: YouTube)
Meghan and Harry announced their departure from the Royal Family in January (Image: GETTY)
Sitting behind her desk wearing a royal blue dress and a pearl necklace, the Queen delivered her annual Christmas address to the nation.
Four photos of her loved ones were strategically placed on the table, showing Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Edinburgh, and her father King George VI.
A fourth picture showed Kate and Prince William with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Her Majesty’s pre-recorded words were heard in households across Britain as the Sussexes celebrated the season on Vancouver Island, away from the Royal Family at Sandringham.
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A British family watch the Queen's speech on Christmas Day (Image: GETTY)