How Queen Elizabeth Really Feels About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Skipping Christmas at Sandringham

After various reports swirled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be spending Christmas with Queen Elizabeth this year, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Sussexes will be spending the holiday away from the royal family. How does the queen feel about it?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending the holidays in the US

In light of the interviews that Harry and Markle gave in the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, it seems logical that the couple could benefit from some time out of the spotlight. It was previously announced that the couple would take a six-week break from royal duties, with a royal source confirming with People: “The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time.”

It was expected that they would travel to the United States to spend Thanksgiving with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, and that the Sussexes would return to the UK to spend Christmas with the queen.

After various outlets reported about the couple opting out of Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas festivities at Sandringham, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement to People: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. 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.”

Is the queen upset by Prince Harry and Markle’s snub?

Many royal fans have wondered if the queen was bothered by Prince Harry and Markle’s decision to skip the royal holiday celebration, but the palace assured that she’s supportive of the move.

The 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.”

In fact, Prince William and Kate Middleton have missed the Sandringham celebration in the past to spend the holiday with Middleton’s family.

One royal expert believes the queen “might be a little hurt”

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward has some theories about why Harry and Markle are skipping the royal family Christmas, telling The Sun: “Christmas at Sandringham can be quite stressful so perhaps they don’t want to go with Archie at such a young age.”

She added: “Having said that, Sandringham has played host to many many children through the ages and is well set up for them. I think it’s sad they don’t want to be part of the family gathering, particularly now the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in their dotage.”

Seward believes, however, that Queen Elizabeth “might be a little hurt” by their decision, adding, “but she’s far too gracious to ever let it show or be known.”

Royal expert Angela Levin also weighed in with her opinion about Prince Harry and Markle’s move to opt out of the queen’s annual Christmas celebration, telling Sky News: “I think it is a gigantic step but I’m not really surprised by it. It’s sort of been coming. If your wife feels that she’s existing and not living, she’s unhappy and you are going through a difficult patch as well.”

She shared that the queen’s Christmas is “very demanding” and “regimented,” so perhaps the Sussexes are looking for a more stress-free holiday.