Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Christmas Plan Revealed

Duke and Duchess of Suss-x chart unique holiday course.

by Nouman Rasool
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Christmas Plan Revealed
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In a departure from longstanding royal tradition, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to celebrate the upcoming Christmas festivities in their Montecito home in California, forgoing the annual royal family gathering at Sandringham.

This decision marks another year of the couple's absence from the traditional royal holiday celebrations. King Charles III, succeeding the late Queen Elizabeth II, is hosting his first Christmas as monarch at Sandringham, an event that has been a royal staple since 1998.

Despite recent reports suggesting a potential reconciliation and the possibility of the Suss-xes accepting an invitation to join the royal family, as of November 19, no such invitation has been extended. The couple, who last joined the royal Christmas gathering in 2018, has faced a tumultuous relationship with the royal family in recent years.

Their decision to step back as senior royals and their candid disclosures about their experiences within the palace, notably in a high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey and their Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan," have added to the strain.

Their holiday plans include spending quality time with their children, four-year-old Prince Archie and two-year-old Princess Lilibet, alongside Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and close friends. According to Us Weekly, the family intends to engage in traditional holiday activities like cooking, gift exchanges, and games, creating joyful memories while maintaining a balance in not overindulging their children.

Embracing New Traditions

Harry, in his memoir "Spare," revealed how the family has embraced old and new traditions since moving to the U.S. in 2020. This includes observing the Windsor family tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, a custom from Queen Victoria’s husband, King Albert, in the mid-19th century.

The Suss-xes are also forging their unique traditions, as Meghan shared with E! News, emphasizing decorating the Christmas tree with their children, a cherished ritual for Meghan. This year’s decision by the Duke and Duchess of Suss-x to celebrate Christmas in the U.S.

reflects their ongoing journey of establishing a life independent of their royalties, while still honoring some familial traditions. As the royal family gathers at Sandringham, the Sus-xes will create holiday memories across the Atlantic, marking a distinct chapter in their new American life.

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