Meghan and Harry: Christmas UK visit is 'difficult' says Levin
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Last year’s Christmas celebrations were already unconventional as, just like the rest of the country, members of the Royal Family were forced to spend Christmas Day apart because of coronavirus restrictions. Nonetheless, the Queen emphasised the importance of love and family during her Christmas Day message, saying “a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand” from their loved ones is all people in the festive season could wish for.
Speaking of the Royal Family as a whole, she said they had all felt “inspired” by people volunteering in their communities during the Covid crisis: “Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer.”
During her 2020 Christmas speech, the Queen avoided the explicit use of the words “pandemic”, “coronavirus” and “COVID-19”.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Neil Sean’s Daily News Headlines, royal commentator Neil Sean has suggested she might this year choose to avoid speaking about family. “Normally she alludes to the fact that it’s all about family, it’s Christmas time…
“But she’s going to have to tread very carefully this year in what she says and who she speaks about.”
Prince Harry and Meghan’s allegations in their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March are still causing tension in the Firm.
An addition to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s unofficial biography on Harry and Meghan, Finding Freedom, is thought to have added fuel to the ongoing rift.
While the Sussexes have distanced themselves from the book and maintain it was written without their collaboration, it hasn’t helped the public perception of relations between them and the Firm.
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Mr Sean added: “Her Majesty the Queen has been advised to focus on the good charity works that people have done this year; the success at the Olympics, and the Euro football championships…
“Because if she offends anyone — which sadly, we all seem to do when it’s about families — she’s going to have a problem,” says Neil in the video, suggesting the Monarch may decide to stay on the safe side on this occasion.
“In a time when the relationship between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family is known to be complicated, the Queen is going to “have to find those words of comfort and more importantly look for comfort herself.”
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“Yes, she will touch on her own personal troubles, and I think more importantly may allude to some troubles within her family, but it will be very lightly touched upon.”
Typically broadcast after lunch on Christmas Day, the Queen tends to address the nation to highlight the meaning of family.
But this year’s circumstances may call for Her Majesty to choose each word “more carefully” than it has been necessary in the past.
There is usually much speculation about which family pictures will appear in shot with the Queen as she delivers her address.
The royal commentator added: “You see all of those family members, and a lot of media zoom in on those to see exactly who’s in and who’s out.
“It really is a big indication, because if your picture’s out, then you’re out.”
However, the focus has shifted to whom the Monarch will speak about – and whether or not there will be mention of Harry and Meghan.
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