Do Prince William and Kate Middleton Spend Every Christmas with Queen Elizabeth?
The holidays are the most special time of the year for so many people, especially the royals. It is a well-known fact that Queen Elizabeth absolutely loves Christmas, and over the years, we have seen many photographs of her festively decorated home.
When a married couple must choose which spouse’s family to spend a special occasion with, it can become a sticky situation, and even the royals have to this at times. Many people know that it is an awkward situation, and many times, one side of a family is left disappointed.
We all know that the royals gather together at the queen’s Sandringham Estate each year for her Christmas celebration, something that they have been doing for well over 20 years. However, ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, her family has been an important part of William’s life.
So, do Prince William and Duchess Kate always spend each Christmas with Queen Elizabeth?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending Christmas with Doria Ragland this year
Although they have spent the last few years at the royal family celebration at Sandringham, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be a part of that tradition this year. According to USA Today, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are going to be spending the holiday with Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.
This is only the second time Prince Harry has ever missed a royal family Christmas, so it did come as a bit of a surprise for many people to hear what he and Duchess Meghan have planned. However, they have expressed their desire to give their young son, Archie a “normal” upbringing, so it is only natural that they are looking to create new traditions that explore the non-royal side of his life.
They reportedly want to have a small, intimate gathering with Ragland, giving Archie some time to spend with his grandmother in a low-key setting. That said, new reports are suggesting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be spending Christmas in the U.K. and it is unclear if Ragland will be involved.
Queen Elizabeth is pretty disappointed
This year, Christmas for the royals is slightly more special, since it is Archie’s first holiday season. Chances are, the family was hoping to get to spend the day with him, only to find out that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry were going their own way.
According to Screenrant, Queen Elizabeth is disappointed that Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and Archie won’t be at Sandringham with the rest of the family. Although it is not a firm rule that all of the royals are together for Christmas, it is still a family tradition, and her majesty is not too happy.
The queen and Prince Harry are particularly close, and we can only imagine that she wishes to have her grandson with her for one of the most important holidays of the entire year. Even so, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have the right to spend their Christmas however they please.
Do Prince William and Kate Middleton spend every Christmas with Queen Elizabeth?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been married since 2011, although they have been together much longer than that. So, do they spend every single Christmas with Queen Elizabeth?
As it turns out, they don’t! According to E! News, the Cambridges actually alternate years between Sandringham and spending the holiday with Duchess Kate’s family in Bucklebury. Prince William and Duchess Kate are very close to Michael and Carole Middleton, so it makes sense that they would want to share the holiday cheer with them as well.
We are sure that the Middleton’s love seeing their grandchildren on Christmas, and alternating years between the two families makes perfect sense. It’s wonderful that the royals are able to split their time and enjoy Christmas with both sides of their family.