Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly chosen not to attend the royal Christmas gathering at Sandringham, hosted by King Charles. Currently residing in California with their two kids, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are believed to have other plans for the holiday season.
This choice could be a letdown for King Charles, who hasn’t spent time with his youngest grandkids in quite a while. Dr. Tessa Dunlop, a royal historian, believes the Sussexes are content with their American life and unlikely to visit the UK in the near future.
Dr. Dunlop mentioned to New York Post, “Given Harry’s absence from Balmoral this summer, it’s doubtful he’ll be at Sandringham for Christmas. Despite the rumors, it doesn’t seem like the couple will be buying a property near London, and it’s uncertain if King Charles will even see his grandchildren this holiday season.”
Furthermore, Dr. Dunlop speculated about possible tensions in the Sussexes’ relationship, suggesting Meghan enjoys her Californian life filled with celebrity connections, while Harry seems less enthusiastic.
Following a disagreement with King Charles over a Netflix deal that saw the release of a documentary about their lives, the Sussexes no longer have Frogmore Cottage as their UK residence. Their relationship with the royal family has been tense, more so after their revealing Oprah interview in 2021. Since relocating to the US, Harry has returned to the UK only a couple of times.
The Sussexes’ Christmas plans remain undisclosed, but they might be with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in Montecito, or possibly with close friends like Oprah Winfrey, the Clooneys, Serena Williams, and James Corden.