The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are making plans to celebrate Baby Archie's first Christmas in a different way rather than with Queen Elizabeth in Sandringham this year.
A spokesperson for the royal couple revealed that Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, and baby Archie aren't going to celebrate Christmas with the royal family this year. They'll instead be spending the festival with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. Though the couple has been celebrating Christmas with the royal family for two consecutive years in their countryside Sandringham estate, this year won't be the same.
"The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month," the spokesperson said, referencing the couple's previously reported break from public duties. "Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, their Royal Highnesses will spend the holidays this year, as a new family, with the Duchess' mother Doria Ragland."
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The spokesperson made it clear that this is in precedent with the previous ventures of royal members, and has the permission of the Queen.
“This decision is in line with the precedent set previously by other members of the royal family, and has the support of Her Majesty the Queen," he continued.
This isn't the first time where a royal family has taken a break from celebrating Christmas away from the other royals. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge- Prince William, and Kate Middleton- celebrated the holiday with the Middletons in Bucklebury both in 2012 and 2016. Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla have also celebrated the festival with Camilla's children and families in the past.
However, Harry and Meghan are tired of being in the spotlight, and clearly need a break from all the scrutiny. Recent reports also say that the royal couple and Archie also plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with Doria in L.A. However, it's still not clear whether Doria would join them in Britain during Christmas, or if they'll celebrate in some secret location. The news followed weeks after an interview with Meghan and Harry, where they described how frustrated they are with people peeping into their lives constantly. The couple is suing a British tabloid for a story about Meghan and her estranged father, while Prince Harry is currently suing two newspaper groups for phone hacking.
Prince Harry has mentioned his late mother- Diana, Princess of Wales- while speaking to ITV television last month, saying that the accident happened while being clicked by photographers in 1997.
"I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum," he said.
The Prince also agreed to the reports of tension with his brother Prince William. Yet amidst all of this tension, we wish Baby Archie and his family an incredible and great Christmas vacation with his parents.