Christmas at Sandringham could look rather different this year. There might be fewer royals around the dinner table, because Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie will not be in the UK at all. On Wednesday, a palace spokesman officially confirmed the numerous reports that Prince Harry and Meghan won’t be spending Christmas with the royals this year.
Instead, the couple and their son will will be spending the festive season with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in the US.
Buckingham Palace’s statement reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria.”
“This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
However, the Palace won’t be sharing further details on the Sussex’s holiday schedule, for security reasons.
Prince Harry and Meghan are not the only ones to skip Christmas with the Royals. Back in 2016, William and Kate also opted to spend the holiday with Kate’s family.
The couple and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were spotted attending a church service near Kate’s childhood home in Bucklebury.
This year, they are expected to spend Christmas at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, with the children and attend church with the monarch on Christmas Day.
Meghan joined the royal family for their traditional Christmas Day service at the Queen’s Sandringham estate first in 2017. The Duchess was all smiles as she walked arm-in-arm with her fiance, Prince Harry, as they made the short journey from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene church.