The rest of the royal family – including Harry’s brother William and his family, as well as the father of the princes, Prince Charles – were proudly on display.
Already feeling “long sidelined by the institution” of the monarchy, they saw it as proof that they were “not a fundamental part of its future”, according to the book.
“For Harry and Meghan, it had been another sign that they had to consider their own path,” wrote authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
At the time, the couple were under fire for spending the holidays with baby Archie in Canada, breaking tradition by walking away from the rest of the royal family.
Weeks later, on January 8, Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step down from royal duties after fleeing to The Sun newspaper, ultimately forcing them to go through Megxit.
The Queen has also been accused of removing the Sussex photo from her courtroom at Buckingham Palace earlier last year. In stark contrast, she had posted two photos of the family the previous Christmas, including an official wedding portrait.
Palace sources had insisted the omission of the photo was not a snub, but simply a depiction of the direct line of succession, the book notes.
The Queen also singled out the Sussexes on her show – saying how ‘thrilled’ she was about Archie’s birth.
Although their photo was not on her table, the show included an image of the couple presenting baby Archie to the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.