Queen Elizabeth Keeps Never-Before-Seen Photo of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Prominently Displayed

Queen Elizabeth is showing a major sign of support as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle return to Canada following their final week of royal duties.

The 93-year-old monarch gave the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a subtle nod today when she debuted a never-before-seen photo of the couple during a meeting with Professor Mark Compton, Lord Prior of the Order of St. John, at Buckingham Palace. The purpose of the meeting was for Professor Compton to present Her Majesty with the Order’s first-ever Service Medal in Gold, but there was one other major takeaway from the encounter.

As eagle-eyed royal fans will notice, there’s a new photo of her 35-year-old grandson and his 38-year-old wife displayed prominently in a gold frame on the credenza to the right of the queen.

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For perspective, it’s in front of the silver frame, to the right of the wooden one and slightly obscured by a bouquet of flowers.

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Here’s a more comprehensive view of the photo from a different angle.

As you can see, Harry wears a blue suit and smiles at the camera in the photo while Meghan, wearing a grey dress, holds her hand on his chest. It’s styled in the same fashion as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement photo, which is also featured on the table to the far right. Behind the photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sits another one of Prince William and Prince Harry in military dress.

The Sussexes’ prominent placement on the table is certainly no mistake. As we learned from the queen’s Christmas address this year, the photos she chooses to display are meaningful. In this case, she seems to be sending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex off to their new post-royal life with well wishes and support.

She may be the fourth longest-reigning monarch ever, but she’s also a grandma who loves her family.


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