Meghan Markle SNUB: How the Queen really feels about Sandringham absence


MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have opted not to attend the Queen’s Christmas celebrations at her Sandringham Estate, but how does the Queen really feel about the Sussexes absence?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex revealed via a spokesperson they would be taking a break towards the end of 2019, taking the time to visit Meghan’s native US. They also gave an update on their Christmas plans, announcing they would not be attending the Queen’s traditional celebrations at Sandringham in Norfolk.

Each year the Queen hosts her family at her country estate, with royal traditions and Christmas cheer aplenty.

The royals spend time finishing decorating the Christmas tree, share gifts and eat lavish dinners together.

They also attend Christmas Day mass at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.

However, there will be three spaces at the dinner table this year, as Meghan and Harry and their young son Archie will not be in attendance.

The Sussexes have decided to spend Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s first Christmas away from the traditions of the Royal Family.

The couple will instead spend time with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, as explained by their spokesperson.

A statement from them released in November said: “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.”

But how does the Queen really feel about Meghan, Harry and Archie’s absence?

The statement from the Sussex’s spokesman went on to say they have “the support of Her Majesty the Queen”.

Meghan and Harry’s move to spend Christmas away from Sandringham is “in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family.”

Senior royals have also previously missed Christmases, paving the way for Meghan and Harry to do so this year.

In 2012, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William spent Christmas with the Middleton Family.

The couple were pictured attending church in Englefield, around eight miles from the Middleton’s family home, with Mike, Carole, Pippa and James Middleton.

Meghan and Harry have been on a break from royal duties, and one royal source revealed the couple were in the United States for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving this year fell on Thursday, November 28, and is celebrated across the United States.

Royal reporter Omid Scobie and ITV News royal producer Lizzie Robinson revealed on the podcast The HeirPod how Meghan and Harry spent time in the US for the American holiday.

Mr Scobie said: “The Sussexes are on official leave at the moment so there are no expectations for them to be there [for Christmas].

“I think it’s quite normal.

“We’ve seen members of the royal family on absence on their own personal leave in the past.”

Ms Robinson added: “And we know they’re away so they’re not even in the country to attend.”

Mr Scobie continued: “It’s a long time trip that they’re on, I think.

“You’re really going to see them away until Christmas as far as I’m aware, which good for them.”

This Christmas will be a special one for the Sussexes as it is their first as a family of three.

Baby Archie was born in May this year, and no doubt the couple will be making his first Christmas extra-special.

But how does the Queen really feel about Meghan, Harry and Archie’s absence?


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