Prince Harry was left "furious" after he and his wife Meghan Markle were "punished" for their handling of Megxit at a royal event, a new book has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in their last public royal engagement in March 2020 at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Service.
Prince Harry was snapped scowling at the ceremony, and according to a newly-published account of the day, this may well have been after the Sussexes were made to "take their places on the sidelines" alongside fellow "juniors", Edward and Sophie Wessex.
Writing in an updated version of his book, Battle of Brothers, royal historian Robert Lacey said Meghan and Harry were struck from the order of service in a "snub in black and white – plainly set out for all to see".
"They had been punished," the author writes – because they had been "so hustling and aggressive" in their handling of Megxit.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced on January 8 last year that they would step back from senior positions within the Firm following talks at Sandringham with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen.
Meghan and Harry have since relocated with their son Archie Harrison to California, where they have since been joined by newborn daughter Lilibet, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.
The pair would formally drop their royal titles and leave the Royal Family completely on March 31 – just two weeks after the Commonwealth Service.
But Lacey believes it would have "cost nothing" to include them in the service one last time – as their "abrupt demotion was cruelly apparent".
"When Harry heard that he and Meghan had been so graphically shunted aside on this final appearance, he was furious," Lacey wrote.
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"The subservience of a ‘spare’ – one of the basic reasons for this very sad parting of the ways – could not have been more strikingly illustrated."
The book says Meghan and Harry were made to "shuffle to their seats" like any other member of the congregation.
Reports at the time said Harry appeared stern as he went through the church alongside a smiling Meghan.
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Walking directly in front of them, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seemed downcast as they followed The Queen down the aisle.
Harry and Meghan sat together in the second row of seats behind the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate during the service.
Willaim, Kate, Harry and Meghan hadn’t been pictured together since they stepped out for Remembrance Day events the previous November.
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