Why aren’t Prince Harry, Meghan Markle at the Royal Family at Christmas?

Home for the holidays. While we’ve heard whispers about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attending a royal family Christmas dinner, it sounds like the trip across the pond isn’t on Sussex cards right now. A new report claims that the California couple “will not come” to the UK for Christmas with the Queen.

This year is the 95-year-old ruler’s first Christmas after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021. Numerous reports of the Queen’s health problems have been published since the Queen’s death, making many wonder if Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, would leave their children With Archie and 5-month-old Lilibet – to meet the aging royal this Christmas. According to a source who spoke to Page Six on November 17, 2021, an “invitation” had already been sent to Sussex, but the royal workers would not hold their breath to get an answer from the couple.

“There’s a lot involved in logistics and family Christmas planning, so of course the staff knows Harry and Meghan aren’t coming,” one source told the site. “If they had, they would have already informed their family.” The insider further remarked, “But this is His Majesty’s first Christmas without a man, so one could have hoped they would want to be with him.”

So, why aren’t Meghan and Harry involved? Well, according to a source in Page Six, the couple is wary of any media backlash they may face after returning to the UK. “I think everyone understands that they’re both going back to the UK, but they have to tear it up. [Band-Aid] get out and move on with it, ”the insider said.

Meghan and Harry have not spent Christmas with the Royal Family since 2018. The couple decided to break the royal tradition in 2019 by spending a winter holiday with their son Archie in Canada. Then in 2020, Sussexes were unable to visit the Royal Family at Christmas for a second time due to travel restrictions that prevented them from visiting the UK from California, where they moved after their royal departure earlier that year. Needless to say, it has been quite some time after the Duke and Duchess have celebrated Christmas with the rest of the royal family – and it looks like this will continue this holiday season.

Finding freedom

Photo: Courtesy of Dey Street Books.

Read more about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s New York Times bestseller, Finding Freedom: Creating Harry and Megha and the Modern Royal Family. The book tells the story of the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – the wedding and the birth of their first son, Archie. Finding freedom also dives into the “true story” of why Harry and Meghan left the royals in late 2019 and moved to the United States in the midst of a drama with their family. Includes interviews and stories with Harry and Meghan’s closest trustees, Finding freedom is a compulsory read for every royal follower.

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