Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘not ready’ to return to UK for family Christmas
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are thought to have told friends that they are “not ready” to return to the UK for a Royal family Christmas.
The couple, who relocated to Santa Barbara, California, where they took out a £7.4million mortgage on a nine-bed house, are reluctant to return ahead of the festive period.
If they choose to stay away, it will be the second year in a row that they have spent Christmas away from the Queen and the rest of the royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
After Meghan and Harry announced their engagement in November 2017, Meghan was invited to spend Christmas with Harry and his family and appeared at the traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Norfolk estate.
It was an unprecedented move which broke royal protocol, since usually, partners must be married before celebrating with the Queen at Sandringham.
A year later, after the couple had married and subsequently announced their pregnancy, they appeared on the Christmas Day walk to church at Sandringham again.
But in 2019, they announced they would be spending their Christmas – their son Archie’s first – away from the royal family, and were thought to have spent time with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
They were later known to have flown to Vancouver, Canada, where they spent the festive period in a $14.1 million mansion.
When they returned from their extended Christmas break, they shocked the world – and supposedly the rest of the royal family – when they announced that they would be stepping down as senior royals.
The couple moved to LA, before buying a home in Santa Barbara where they have now officially relocated.
And it’s thought that their new home is where they’ll be spending Christmas this year, since a return to the UK could be tense after reports of a bitter fall-out between Prince Harry and Prince William.
“At this stage they are really enjoying their new life in California and their new home,” a source told Vanity Fair.
“Let’s just say that while things are better between Harry and his brother, it’s not what it was, and I don’t think anyone is ready for a cozy family Christmas right now.”
The news comes as an explosive new book has been released, detailing the reported feud between the two brothers.
Battle of Brothers, from royal biographer Robert Lacey, casts a spotlight on the rift between brothers Harry and William, and charts the lead-up to the Sussexes’ bombshell announcement they wished to exit royal life.
The book claims Meghan Markle found herself increasingly offside with the traditions of the royal family, due to Palace perceptions of her as outspoken.
Of course, there’s every chance that the Queen’s Christmas festivities will have to be pared down this year due to coronavirus.
No government guidance has yet been issued for the 25 December, although at the moment a ‘rule of six’ restriction covers the entire country, meaning only six people can meet indoors and outdoors.
Some areas of Britain have even tougher restrictions in place, preventing them from mixing with other households indoors at all.
And all arrivals from the US to the UK must currently quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
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