A photograph of Prince Charles in the Queen's chair should 'panic' Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, according to a royal expert.
It comes after the Prince of Wales and Prince William stepped in to give the Queen's speech to the Houses of Parliament after Her Majesty had to cancel at the last moment due to mobility issues.
It was the first time in 59 years that the monarch wasn't able to give the important legislative speech, with Charles addressing politicians in her place.
Writing after the occasion, royal commentator Daniela Elser said the "clobber-over-the-head obvious" symbolism of the "watershed" moment showed that the Queen's reign will soon be coming to an end.
But she said an added meaning to the picture would be clear to the California-based Sussexes, who are now distanced from a Royal Family that appears to be moving on without them.
The royal expert said in her column for News.com.au: "If there is anyone for whom this Charles photo should be a cause for serious alarm it is his son and daughter-in-law Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex."
"Despite having thrown in the Harrods towel more than two years ago to try their luck on the West Coast as entrepreneur-philanthropist-celebrity-politicians… they remain inexorably linked with the house of Windsor."
"Like it or not, a number of decisions about their future won’t be made by 10 per cent-taking managers, PR firms and business agents but 8500km away in London."
She said that decisions such as "what sort of relationship they might be able to hope for with his family" or "whether their son Archie and daughter Lilibet will be made both HRHs and Prince/Princess when their grandfather accedes" would now be made without them.
Daniela also suggested that they would not be given a say if a future 'King Charles' wished to rescind their titles.
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