The 1 Shocking Word on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas Card You Probably Didn’t Notice

Royal fans got an early present when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their annual Christmas card photo just before the holiday. The image sent everyone into a frenzy because it featured a close-up shot of Archie Harrison with his proud parents beaming in the background. It was truly the perfect card.

There’s been some speculation that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex intentionally waited to share the card so that British papers couldn’t print the image before Christmas. This theory makes total sense considering the tense relationship Harry and Meghan have with media lately.

But the one thing no one seems to be discussing is one little word on the card that says volumes about how the Duke and Duchess may feel about the royal family.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Their Christmas card had one subtle American detail

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made it clear how fed up they were with aggressive treatment from the press, fans have been speculating that they might make a permanent change in their lives. Fans wondered if they would move away to Africa, or Canada, or to the United States. They thought perhaps Harry and Meghan might give up their working royal status to live peacefully.

Now their Christmas card brings these questions up all over again. The card seems innocent enough at first glance — it reads: “Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From our family to yours.”

However, the use of the word “Merry” instead of “Happy” is very intriguing.

Most royals say, ‘Happy Christmas,’ not ‘Merry Christmas’

They may speak English in the United Kingdom, but the Queen’s English has many differences compared to American English. One of those is saying “Happy Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

While some people across the pond do say “Merry Christmas,” it’s associated with lower classes because “merry” connotes rowdiness. In other words — no royal family member would ever say it. “Happy Christmas” is the more highbrow and therefore preferred holiday greeting.

A quick scroll back through royal family Christmas cards proves that they always say, “Happy Christmas,” not “Merry Christmas.” Prince William and Kate Middleton’s card from this year does, too.

So why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opt for the Americanized “Merry Christmas” on their family card this year? It seems strange and possibly telling of their future plans.

 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t spend Christmas with the royal family

After a tumultuous year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they’d be taking a much-needed break from royal duties during the holiday season. The couple along with their son, Archie, spent time with Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, though no one was exactly sure where they were holed up. Their holiday plans remained top secret.

Later, it was revealed that the Sussex family spent the holiday far from the frenzy of London. A royal spokesperson confirmed that they were on holiday in Canada rather than with the rest of the clan. The couple first met in Canada while Meghan was living there, and the country has become quite important to them.

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving to Canada or California, they’ll probably be saying “Merry Christmas” every year. We’ll just have to wait and see!