Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have No Plans to Return to the U.K. Anytime Soon

As the decade winds down, many people are reflecting on the past and looking toward the future. However, some very famous members of the British royal family are using the last few weeks of the year to reclaim some of their privacy and discuss how to approach royal life moving forward.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have had an interesting year. The pair have been husband and wife since May 2018, and this year they welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison. Though this should be a blissful period for the pair, some members of the British public and press certainly haven’t made things easy on them.

From bullying to racist and sexist rants, the tabloids haven’t let up on Meghan. It seems like the former actress can’t do anything right in their eyes. All of this came to a head in October 2019 when the duchess revealed she wasn’t doing well under the pressure, and the prince announced he would be filing a lawsuit against several publications for the treatment of his wife.

Since then, the prince, duchess, and their newborn son have been on hiatus from their royal duties.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been spending time in the U.S. with Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland

Because her roots are in the United States, we can see how the duchess would feel isolated in the United Kingdom. Therefore, for the last six weeks of the year, she and Prince Harry have decided to head stateside to spent time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and close friends.

“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,” an insider told the Sunday Times.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are skipping Christmas with Queen Elizabeth

To the horror of the British press and public, Prince Harry and Meghan have decided to skip the royal Christmas festivities at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate this year. Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge do not attend every year either. A spokeswoman for the royal couple said in a statement:

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’s mother, Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of the Queen. 

Still, many people thought the Sussexes would turn up for the queen’s pre-Christmas lunch and parties this week. “As the couple made clear a few weeks ago, they are taking some time away together as a family,” an insider told Daily Mail. “This means that they will miss Christmas events.”

The royal couple has not been seen in public since Remembrance Day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could stay in the U.S. through the new year

Hollywood reporter Sam Rubin believes the couple will stay in Los Angeles for the duration of the holiday season. Rubin told ITV:

They could have a lovely sunny, private Christmas here in southern California. They certainly are very, very well connected here. Lots of friends who have big lavish estates. You could spend your time freezing in London or perhaps sunning in Malibu. Given those options, Malibu doesn’t look so bad.

It looks like the Sussexes won’t step foot in the U.K. until well into the new year. When the pair do return in late January, they might have a brand new strategy when it comes to approaching royal life. Also, they are expected to launch their new charity after splitting from Prince William and Kate’s charity earlier this year.