She's well known for having the strongest of poker faces and practicing pragmatic diplomacy. But underneath it all, Queen Elizabeth is a secret softie at heart and isn't exempt from having a favorite grandchild. And in the aftermath of her touching 2017 Christmas message, eagle-eyed fans have noticed an interesting detail that many think reveal Prince Harry is her favorite grandchild.
Speaking from her desk about the year that was and taking a moment to welcome Meghan Markle into the Royal Family next year, a selection of frame photos could be seen in the background. Sitting pride of place was a touching image of Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan taken at their engagement photoshoot in November. Next to the snap, another framed photo of her oldest, son Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, could be seen.
On Queen Elizabeth's main table, the 91-year-old has two photos of her and Prince Philip taken 70 years apart next to photos of her great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Royal commentators have pointed out the fact Prince William and Kate Middleton haven't made the cut this year.
But considering the Queen has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, there may just not be ample space! Over the years, Prince Harry has spoken of his profound love and respect for his grandmother.
"Once you're in the military, she means a lot more to you than just a grandmother. She is the queen. And then you suddenly, it's like start realizing, you know, wow, this is quite a big deal. And then you get goose bumps and then the rest of it," the 33-year-old revealed in the past during his time in the army.
It's also important to note, her relationship with Prince William will always be more serious as she's been tasked to train him for his future role as king. While Prince Harry will never come to the throne, he can have a more playful, typical grandson-grandmother dynamic with the ruler.
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In 2016, the Queen and Harry's strong bond was put on full display when he coaxed the monarch to take part in a spoof clip dissing the Obamas in the lead up to the Invictus Games. In November Suits star Meghan, who has just spent her first Christmas with the royals ahead of her wedding next year, spoke of her "incredible" meetings with Elizabeth.
"To be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother, all of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her. She's an incredible woman," she said.
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This post was written by Bella Brennan. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.