THE QUEEN will be “sorry but understanding” over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to not spend Christmas at Sandringham, an expert has claimed.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson, for Meghan and Harry, confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not follow the royal tradition of spending the Christmas period on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Instead Meghan and Harry will spend time away from the royal limelight with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.
Meghan and Harry are expected to be in the US for Thanksgiving this week, however, it has not been confirmed whether they will stay across the pond into the Christmas period or whether Doria Ragland could fly back with them to the UK.
Sources say Meghan and Harry will use the time to “recharge their batteries” after the pair admitted they were both struggling in a candid interview.
The Queen will be “sorry but understanding” of their decision to spend Christmas separately from the Royal Family, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk.
He said: “I think the Queen will be sorry but understanding. Harry has only ever missed one Christmas at Sandringham when he was in Afghanistan in 2012 and it is traditional for them to be with the Queen.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be spending Christmas with the Queen in Sandringham (Image Getty)
“It is somewhat regimented however and they probably feel they need to relax and have some sun.
“The obvious stress Harry and Meghan were under was shown in the interview in the documentary about their visit to South Africa and the fact that they made them public, is a clear sign that they need their six-week break and also, clearly, a to give thought about how and possibly where they want to plan their future and that of Archie.
“What they decide will be of global interest, they cannot be royal charitable activists out of the public eye.”
It will be Meghan and Harry first Christmas with baby Archie, who was born on May 6 this year.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending church on Christmas Day at Sandringham last year (Image: Getty)
According to the official royal diary, neither Meghan nor Harry have any official engagements scheduled in the coming weeks or over the Christmas period.
In a statement released by the Palace confirmed Meghan and Harry’s plans have “the support of Her Majesty the Queen”.
The Royal Family are said to be “worried” after Meghan and Harry publicly revealed they were struggling in a documentary which was aired after their Africa royal tour.
Following the documentary, a Kensington Palace source told the BBC William is “worried” about his brother.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed they are struggling in the royal spotlight (Image: Getty)
Prince Harry opened up on his strained relationship with his brother Prince William after reports of a rift in the Royal Family.
One report suggested William’s brotherly advice to Harry in the early days of his relationship Meghan Markle is said to have been received badly.
In the ITV documentary Meghan & Harry: An African Journey, the Duke of Sussex confessed he and his brother were “on different paths”
Harry added: “Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under.
“Inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
“But we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK