Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will skip Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas festivities in Sandringham this year. A spokesman for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that the couple would spend the holidays with Markle’s mother.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to time for the extended family towards the end of this month. After spending the last two Christmas at Sandringham, his royal highnesses will spend the holidays this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with the precedent previously established by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty the Queen,” the statement reads.
This surprising news comes amid constant chatter about Meghan’s standing with the Royal Family, specifically ongoing talk that Queen Elizabeth II pretty much hates her.
It also a kind of further confirmation to the tiff raising in the royal family after Prince Harry acknowledged for the first time that there’s at least been some tension between him and his famous brother.
Harry admitted that there was a rift between the sibling in the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired in October.
“Part of this role and part of this job, this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably stuff happens,” Harry explained in the film, adding:
“But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers.
“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, and as I know, he’ll always be there for me.”
Concluded Harry on this topic:
“The majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, we have good days, and we have bad days.”
With the exception of 2012, when he was in Afghanistan, Harry has been a fixture at Sandringham over Christmas.
Markle joined him there in 2017 and 2018, but this latest announcement by the couple only adds to many other signs of late that they’re distancing themselves from the Royal Family and Royal Tradition overall.