Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Christmas: Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t join King Charles and royal family for Christmas at Sandringham royal author says
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unlikely to return to the UK to spend Christmas with the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan, and their two children Archie and Lilibet, will instead celebrate the festive period in the United States.
While the couple has not revealed their plans publicly as yet, it’s expected they will opt for Christmas away from the royal family due to the ongoing tensions.
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The release of their documentary, and the coming publication of Prince Harry’s memoir, is only likely to increase any animosity between the House of Windsor and the Sussexes.
“I don’t know whether they would want to come really,” royal author Angela Levin tells 9Honey.
Levin is referring to reports of Prince Harry and Meghan being included in the royal family’s traditional Christmas at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
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The country home played host to the royal family’s Christmas celebrations for many years and King Charles III will carry on the beloved tradition.
For now, at least.
“King Charles has said already he wants everyone to come to Sandringham this year,” Levin says.
“I think it will be very similar to what they’ve always had and I think it’s a way of remembering her [Queen Elizabeth] after a very emotional time.
“She was a devout Christian and Christmas was very very important to her so that’s what is going to happen.
“Whether it will go on for decades, who knows, but he didn’t want to make a a quick change and I think that’s very respectful.”
Levin recently published the first biography on Camilla since the Queen’s death, titled Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort.
In that book, Levin recalls a number of occasions where Camilla “tried very hard” to help Meghan adjust to royal life, including a special dinner using recipes from the Duchess of Sussex’s charity cookbook.
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But “Meghan wasn’t the least bit interested”, Levin says. “She went, but it made absolutely zero impact on her”.
Last week, it was reported the King had extended an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan for them to join him and the rest of the royal family at Sandringham.
There has been no official response from the Sussex camp, so for now their plans remain pure speculation.
Levin believes they won’t go to Sandringham, mainly because of their two projects that are due for release soon.
“I think it depends on what’s in his memoir and it also depends on what is said in their Netflix documentary which is largely going to be ‘Meghan and my first year with my husband’.”
She thinks it’s very unlikely for a family reunion at Christmas, especially if “they carry on slating the King and Queen of the UK”.
Along with the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to be among the guests at Sandringham.
Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, are also likely to be included as will Princess Anne.
Levin says the royals might actually be happy about the absence of the Sussexes because of what what they are likely to say about the monarchy in their documentary, due out on December 8.
“Harry and Meghan aren’t coming which I think will be a huge relief for the rest of the family,” Levin tells The Sun.
“The family will want to make it a very positive day after the Queen’s death and I think the Sussexes presence would most certainly dampen that.
“It’s up the Sussexes on whether they want their children to know what their father’s family is like, but also it could be a case where the royals don’t want them there after the documentary.”
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