The Duke and Duchess of Sussex together with their son Archie will celebrate Christmas in their home since they stepped down as senior members of the royal family in January.
A source told ET, “The couple will be spending Christmas at home in California quietly with Archie and Doria [Ragland] joining them. Meghan, who is an accomplished cook, will be preparing some of their favorite dishes with Harry and Doria pitching in.”
The news came after a week the couple was spotted shopping for the holiday. A Twitter user posted that Meghan and Harry were buying their Christmas tree at a tree barn and almost nobody seemed to notice them.
Twitter user @imaJaaaaaames posted, “Meghan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas tree. We had our lot empty when they got there – their agent promoted them a good time to come instead of us shutting it down. There was one family in there and their stoked little son ran through trees up to Harry and asked if he worked here not knowing who that is.”
Last year, the couple also didn’t celebrate Christmas with the royal family. Instead, they spent the holiday in Canada with Doria, Meghan’s mom. At present, they don’t have definite plans yet on when they would go back to the UK especiall with the travel restrictions brought by the pandemic. Meghan still has a case filed against Associated Newspapers and Mail on Sunday next month but it may be postponed until next fall.
A source also told ET in October that although there were reports that Harry will be returning to the UK before the year ends, they don’t have plans to return anytime soon.
The source said, “Things can obviously change, if there’s a concern about family health, but they are not hopping over the pond anytime imminently.” The royals are strictly following social isolation guidelines amid the pandemic.- Advertisement -
On the other hand, the Buckingham Palace released a statement on Tuesday that Queen Elizabeth II is breaking royal tradition this year stating, “Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”
As part of their tradition, the royal family is known to make public appearances at the Church of St. Magdalene on Christmas morning. Historically, they also spend their holidays at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. Due to the pandemic, their usual holiday plans will not push through this year.