How Queen Elizabeth Really Feels About Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Ditching Her This Christmas

For the most part, the royals are a pretty tight-knit family. They may have a very formal protocol to follow when they are making appearances, but behind closed doors, they are exactly like millions of other families. Just like the rest of us, the royals have their good times as well as their disagreements, and when the holiday season comes around each year, they like to spend as much time together as possible. 

Queen Elizabeth absolutely loves the Christmas season. Each year, Windsor Castle is elaborately decorated, and her majesty makes a pretty big deal of the holidays. Most of the royals gather at the queen’s Sandringham Estate for the annual celebration, where they exchange gifts and have an amazing time.

While it is not a hard rule that all of the family members attend the festivities at the queen’s estate, pretty much all of them make a point to be there. Prince Harry, in particular, has a very close relationship with his grandmother. And, since 1988, he has only been apart from her for one holiday season while he was deployed.

This year will be the second year they won’t be together. How does Queen Elizabeth really feel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ditching her this Christmas season?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are spending Christmas with Doria Ragland

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon reception.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are extremely close to Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland. Although Ragland is a resident of California, she has flown back and forth between the United States and England several times since her daughter moved to the country to be with Prince Harry.

Ragland has also made a point of being present for important events, such as Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding, as well as the birth of her first grandson: Archie Harrison. Harper’s Bazaar reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be spending the holiday with Ragland this year, despite having been to Sandringham for Christmas in the past.

That said, royal expert Omid Scobie’s claims on his The HeirPod podcast that the Sussexes will be back from America to celebrate the holiday at their home — Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are creating new traditions

From the very beginning, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have been known for doing things their own way. They don’t outwardly defy royal protocol, but they do tend to bend the rules just a bit whenever it suits them.

When Archie was born just a few months ago, the duke and duchess were extremely outspoken about their plans to give him a “normal” upbringing. The new parents would like to introduce them to the non-royal side of life, and it seems that they are creating their own traditions while doing so.

According to Express, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry may even choose to follow some American Christmas traditions, such as indulging in pumpkin and coconut pies, just one of the ways that they will make sure Archie knows all about both of his parent’s backgrounds.

How does Queen Elizabeth really feel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ditching her this Christmas?

How does Queen Elizabeth feel about the fact that her beloved grandson and granddaughter-in-law, not to mention her new great-grandson, won’t be at the family gathering this Christmas? According to a statement by the palace, the royal couple has her support.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” the spokesperson said in mid-November. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.”

The official statement noted: “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.”

That said, US Weekly reports that while they have Queen Elizabeth’s support, the queen is a little “disappointed.”

As for the duke and duchess, they’re looking for some quality time as a family and with Duchess Meghan’s mother.

“As it’s Archie’s first Christmas, they want it to be super special. It’ll be just Doria and the three of them,” an insider said last month. “The drama surrounding the couple has caused a huge amount of stress. They’re making their family their No. 1 priority right now.”