Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Avoiding All Christmas Festivities Relating to Queen Elizabeth
When you are a new couple, it can be hard for the first few years trying to come up with a good holiday schedule that allows both people to spend quality time with their families. This is especially true when the two families live on two different continents.
This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, have decided to take their young son, Archie, back to the States this year so he can spend his first Christmas with his maternal grandmother: Doria Ragland. While this may not seem like a big deal to some, Queen Elizabeth’s annual family Christmas events are a big deal to the royal family and something that very few royals ever skip out on.
This also isn’t the first event of the queen’s that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have decided to skip. And many people are now starting to think the couple is trying to avoid the queen and her festive events.
So, are Prince Harry and Markle trying to avoid all Christmas festivities with the queen? Here is what we know.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won’t be around for the holidays
For the queen, Christmas is not just a day of celebration. Instead, it is a week-long event that she spends with her family and staff.
A week before Christmas, the queen will throw a party for all of her staff members as a way to show her appreciation for all of their hard work. The next day, she has a pre-Christmas family luncheon that every member of the royal family is expected to attend.
This year, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have decided to take a six-week vacation, which spans over the holiday season to spend some much-needed family time with their son Archie. During this time, they have traveled to a secret location in order to spend Christmas with Markle’s mother and will not be able to make it to any of the queen’s festive events this year.
Some fans were hoping Prince Harry may make an appearance at the family luncheon this year, but both he and Duchess Meghan were noticeably absent from the event this year.
This isn’t the first time that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have missed one of the queen’s events
Fans of the royal family are starting to get used to Markle and Harry not attending his grandmother’s events like they used to.
This past summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also skipped visiting the queen at her Scottish castle. It is customary for members of the royal family to visit Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip at their castle in Scotland.
During the summer, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and there three kids were spotted in Scotland visiting with the matriarch and patriarch of the family. However, Prince Harry and his family were never able to make the trip to Scotland.
Some reports and royal insiders defended the Sussexes, citing Baby Archie is too young to travel. But critics noted that Archie’s young age didn’t stop the family from jet-setting around the globe.
Is Queen Elizabeth II upset about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s absence?
According to Elle, Prince Harry and Markle had talked with the queen weeks ago and she was aware that the couple would be unable to attend the family’s Christmas events this year and she was reportedly very understanding about the situation.
A spokesperson for the royal family had said in a statement : “Having spent the last two Christmas’s at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland. 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.”
It was reported that the queen was also not upset about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex not visiting her in Scotland over the summer. During the entire month of August, Markle and Prince Harry were busy working and the queen understood that they simply did not have time to schedule a visit at that time.