Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exact whereabouts for Christmas were unknown and it’s unlikely that fans will ever really know the details of their holiday with baby Archie. That includes the specifics of the gifts they got for one another, but fans believe Markle may have hinted at some Christmas gift ideas.
The Sussexes took a break from the royal family tradition
Prince Harry and Markle decided to change their holiday plans and, rather than spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family, they instead took a more relaxing approach to the holiday.
Buckingham Palace initially confirmed the rumors that they wouldn’t spend the holiday with the queen, releasing a statement in November that noted: “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.”
The statement further relayed that the queen was fine with their plan, noting: “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.”
Did the Sussexes skip the Christmas tradition because of Archie?
Naturally, there were plenty of rumors swirling about why Prince Harry and Markle would skip the royal festivities, with one of the more logical theories having to do with their son, Archie.
Royal expert Omid Scobie pointed out that the children who come to the Christmas gathering are typically separated from the adults for parts of the day. Prince Harry and Markle reportedly would rather spend the time with the baby.
When a CBC reporter remarked to Scobie that he “could not imagine taking the baby away from family at this time” the royal expert shared: “You have to remember Sandringham is quite a formal affair. On Christmas day when the family gets together for Christmas lunch, children are separate from the parents.”
He continued: “They have their own celebration in the royal nursery so they wouldn’t have got to spend as much time with Archie as perhaps they would have liked.”
What did Markle get Prince Harry for Christmas?
The details of their Christmas have been kept quiet, as they should be, but some royal fans think they’ve figured out what Markle got Prince Harry for a gift.
Fans believe that the duchess hinted at the perfect gift idea for the guy who has everything when she wrote in her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig about how to be “creative” with Christmas presents.
She wrote: “It’s easy to grab another t-shirt for your man — but you’ll likely steal it for PJs anyway. Instead, give him something creative that he’ll actually enjoy like these little gems.”
Markle provided a number of options that would make great gifts, such as a box set of colorful socks, a Crosley radio turntable, or a Brookstone pocket projector to display photos.
Prince Harry likely has everything he could ever want and the quiet time with his wife and son were the perfect gift after a stress-filled year in the spotlight.