The Duke and Duchess of Sussex won't be celebrating Christmas with the Queen

Meghan and Harry won’t be celebrating Archie’s first Christmas with the royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan on spending the holiday with Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland

It’s possible that  Archie Harrison  might celebrate his first Christmas stateside. HOLA! USA’s sister brand HELLO! confirmed on Wednesday, November 13, that  Prince Harry  and  Meghan Markle  won’t be spending their son’s first Christmas at Sandringham with the Queen, 93, and other royal family members. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will ring in the holiday with Meghan’s mother  Doria Ragland , who resides in Los Angeles.

Archie won't celebrate his first Christmas with his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth©Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal
Archie won't celebrate his first Christmas with his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria,” Buckingham Palace told royal reporter Omid Scobie.


The palace spokesperson added, “This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.” Omid noted that the palace won’t be disclosing details about the Sussexes’ Christmas plans “for security reasons.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won't celebrate Christmas with the royals this year©GettyImages
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won't celebrate Christmas with the royals this year


It’s not clear if Meghan, Harry and Archie will celebrate the holidays in sunny California, or at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, with Doria. But, the royal trio will soon be traveling across the pond for Thanksgiving. It was previously reported  that the Duke and Duchess are taking a six-week break from their royal duties and will observe the American holiday in the states  with Meghan’s mother.

The Sussexes will celebrate the holidays with Meghan's mother Doria this year©GettyImages
The Sussexes will celebrate the holidays with Meghan's mother Doria this year

Per HELLO!, Harry has spent every Christmas with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, except in 2012 when he was in Afghanistan. Meghan has also celebrated the holiday at Sandringham for the past two years. The decision isn’t very surprising given that  Prince William  and  Kate Middleton  alternate Christmas between the royals and the Middletons.

However, news of Meghan and Harry’s holiday plans comes weeks after the Duke of Sussex addressed the  rumored rift between him and his older brother Prince William . “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,” he said during the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. “We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”

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