• Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Remembrance Sunday photos further strained their relationship with the royal family
  • The Sussexes’ separate Remembrance Sunday tribute only highlighted the great divide between Prince Harry and the Firm
  • Royal expert Katie Nicholl believes Prince Harry and Markle's Remembrance Sunday photos would upset the Queen 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Remembrance Sunday tribute only worsened the gap between them and the royal family.

The Duke of Sussex reportedly asked the palace to lay a wreathe on his and Markle's behalf on Remembrance Sunday, but his request was denied. On the day itself, photos of Prince Harry and Markle visiting the Los Angeles National Cemetery to commemorate the event made headlines. Royal expert Katie Nicholl spoke with OK! Magazine about the matter and she said the Sussexes' move only further strained their relationship with the Firm.

"It highlights the great divide between Harry and the royal family," Nicholl said.

"There is such a gaping cavern now and exercises like this only serve to widen that gap rather than heal the rift."

Nicholl also warned the couple that if they would continue making such moves, their future in the monarchy may be put into question because they are doing things in their own way, and it is not how the royal family operates.

"I think the feeling is that if Harry and Meghan continue to behave in this way, there's going to be a question mark over their future roles in the monarchy," she continued.

"Harry and Meghan do things very differently to the royal family and to me it shows how determined they are to do things their own way whatever the cost.”

There were rumors that Prince Harry and Markle's relationship with the royal family was strained after they left the palace. However, some sources also claimed they became closer again due to the pandemic. Nicholl understood that it was painful, particularly for Prince Harry, to be left out of this year's Remembrance Day commemoration in the U.K. However, they should respect the Firm's decision not to bend the rules for them, according to her.

"Harry is traditionally very involved, so I would imagine that it was very difficult for him, wanting to lay a wreath and not being able to because he isn’t a full-time working royal," Nicholl explained.

"There are rules and they’re [the royal family] not prepared to bend them."

Prince Harry and Markle announced in January that they were stepping back from the royal family, but the couple is still under probation. The Queen and her courtiers have been watching Prince Harry and Markle, and Nicholl believes that what happened upset them.

Prince Harry and Markle already received a lot of criticisms due to their Remembrance Sunday tribute photo, including some from Piers Morgan and Markle’s estranged sister Samantha. Both accused the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of taking the event as a photo opportunity.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. The Armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images