The Queen Mentions Baby Archie in Her Annual Christmas Speech
In her annual Christmas broadcast, Queen Elizabeth makes a special mention to the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son, Archie.
"Two hundred years on from the birth of my great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great grandchild into our family."
The shout-out to her great-grandson comes amid the controversy of the couple's decision to take a 6-week break from their royal duties. In November, Buckingham Palace said in a statement:
"This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen."
The couple, who opened in ITV's documentary "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey," about the challenges they have faced dealing with the media scrutiny, are said to have taken a break to get away from the public spotlight.
Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone! pic.twitter.com/McOcHALoGl— The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) December 23, 2019
During the Queen's speech, in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, she was surrounded by family photos, which are strategically placed on a desk in front of her.
Prince Andrew was forced to step down from his royal duties facing backlash for appearing to be insensitive and unapologetic for his association with convicted sex offender Jeff Epstein. The Queen seemingly addressed the issues the family has faced saying:
"The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference."
In her first televised address, she expressed the hope that the broadcast would make her message more personal with the public.