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Queen in subtle show of support for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The brooch gifted to Her Majesty by the former Canadian Governor-General (Image: PA)

The Queen may have sent a subtle show of support to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the couple's recent step back from the Royal Family.

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Her Majesty attended church at Sandringham on Sunday wearing a diamante snowflake brooch on her powder blue suit.

It was gifted to the Queen on her Sapphire Jubilee in 2017 by the former Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, on behalf of the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex intend to spend much of their time in Canada after spending Christmas on Vancouver Island shortly before announcing their bombshell exit from frontline royal life.

And the Queen's choice of brooch on Sunday has led to speculation that it may have been chosen to show her backing to her grandson, Meghan and baby Archie.

Harry and Meghan are repaying the Sh313 million (£2.4m) of taxpayer's money used to refurbish Frogmore Cottage and also will not use their HRH titles.

Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their Own Words, told The Sun it could be a sign of the Queen's support.

He said: “The Queen has a habit of sending out coded messages in subtle ways.

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“For example she uses her handbag to give out messages to aides, if it's in a certain position she wants to leave an event in five minutes.

“She wears clothes and jewellery to show support or empathy with a country, for example she wore green on her historic visit to Ireland.

“So it's quite possible she is sending a message to Harry and Meghan.

“I'm sure she is devastated by their departure and will want to leave the door open for their return should they ever change their minds and come back.”

Harry and Meghan will now spend much of their time in Canada (Image: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA PHOTOS/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX)

Meghan and Harry's royal departure, dubbed Megxit, will enable the couple to become financially independent and take on commercial work.

Harry said it was with "great sadness" that they were leaving royal work but said there had been "no other option".

He said they wanted to continue serving the Queen and his military associations without taxpayer money, but that this was not possible.

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The Queen said in a statement after the showdown Sandringham talks with Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles: "Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.

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"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

"It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."

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