What Do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Do for New Year’s Eve?
Holidays are a big deal in the royal family. And, although Christmas tends to be their favorite, the royal family also enjoys a good New Year’s Eve celebration. How will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spend New Year’s Eve this year? Keep reading to find out.
How do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate New Year’s?
With their due date fast-approaching (Meghan Markle is due in early spring 2019), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are likely soaking up their last moments as a family of two. Infamous for their travels, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex skipped town this year without telling anyone.
After a festive holiday season spent with their entire family at Sandringham Estate (where the royal family celebrates Christmas every year) it is likely that the newlyweds and parents-to-be want some time for themselves. But, where did they go? According to some reports, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have gone back to Monaco, where they rang in the New Year last year. Others believe they could have traveled to Botswana, Africa — where Prince Harry spent many New Year’s Eves before marrying Meghan Markle. However, some royal experts suggest they are staying somewhere closer to home, as Meghan Markle might not want to travel far while pregnant.
How does the royal family celebrate New Year’s Eve?
As for the rest of the family? Their plans change every year, too — but typically involve travel of some kind. Below, we take a closer look at how Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and other royals ring in the New Year.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Every year, the family joins Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philp at Sandringham House for Christmas. And, now that they have left, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness invite friends and other family members (those that don’t celebrate Christmas with the couple) to join them at their Norfolk, England estate. On New Year’s Day, the queen and Prince Philip attend a church service and then Her Majesty usually spends the rest of her day riding her horses — which, at 92-years-old is quite impressive.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Because they usually spend Christmas with Prince William’s side of the family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge typically ring in the New Year with Kate Middleton’s side of the family. In the past, the couple has celebrated at the Middleton’s family home. However, they have also rented gorgeous vacation homes together, too. One year, Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa Middleton even rented a massive, 100-person kata (used by reindeer hunters) to ring in the New Year in winter wonderland style.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles also head out of town for the New Year. The two typically travel to Scotland, where they own a home (Birkhall) on the queen’s Balmoral Estate. After Christmas at Sandringham, they head to their home away from home for some much-needed downtime.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank first met while on a New Year’s trip in 2010 — which means the holiday is particularly special for them. Much like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the two tend to celebrate the New Year on vacation with friends and family.
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