An alleged decision by the Queen to remove a photograph from the background of her Christmas message caused Prince Harry to leave royal life, a new book has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex was reportedly unhappy that a portrait of himself alongside his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie was taken away before the Queen’s 2019 message.

In the new book, Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, royal biographer Christopher Andersen quotes a source regarding Her Majesty’s decision on the matter.

According to the book, the Queen looked over the tables where the photographs she had selected were being arranged.

A picture released on December 24, 2019 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II posing for a photograph after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in Windsor Castle, west of London. - During her traditional Christmas address, Queen Elizabeth II intends to call on the British to overcome their divisions after a year "full of pitfalls", between Brexit tearing apart her country and scandals shaking the British royal family, according to extracts from the address broadcast in advance. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The photograph was allegedly removed before the Queen's 2019 Christmas Day message

The source said: "All were fine but one, [the Queen] told the director."

Her Majesty then reportedly turned to the Sussex family picture and said: "That one, I suppose we don’t need that one."

The book claims the decision was made over Prince Harry choosing to spend time in Canada with his family and mother-in-law Doria Ragland instead of the UK.

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry was said to be upset by the removal of the photo of himself, Meghan Markle, and son Archie

Andersen wrote in the book that the incident had caused Harry to tell a friend that he "felt as if he, Meghan and Archie were being erased from the family".

In a response to the book’s claims, a spokesperson for the Queen told the New York Post: "We don’t comment on books of this kind as to do so risks giving it some form of authority or credibility."

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry
The new book claims the Queen told an aide 'we don’t need that one' while pointing at the Sussex family photography

Anderson’s new book has made other claims regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family.

In March, Harry and Meghan made claims over a member of the royal family asking questions regarding the colour of Archie’s skin.

Anderson’s book claims Prince Charles allegedly asked about his complexion in a conversation with Camila.

The source featured in the book reportedly told Andersen that Charles allegedly said to Camilla: "I wonder what the children will look like" on November 27, 2017.

Prince Harry and Meghan
The new book also claims a royal allegedly discussed the skin colour of Prince Harry and Meghan's son

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Camilla allegedly responded by saying: "Well, absolutely gorgeous, I’m certain before Charles added: "I mean, what do you think their children’s complexion might be?’"

Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been contacted for comment.