Charles, Camilla, William and Kate to defy Harry and Meghan in Christmas show of strength


The Royal Family will put on a show of unity on December 15, the day of the release of the second half of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan.

The monarch and his consort are expected to be accompanied by other members of the Firm.

Last year, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice were among the royals turning up at the abbey for the service.

Kate’s close family – her parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James – were also in attendance.

The royal presence will be particularly poignant at the upcoming service as it will show support for the Princess and her initiative.

King Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate during an event

Kate and Prince William will be joined on December 15 by King Charles and Queen Camilla (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry looking at Meghan sitting down next to him

Harry & Meghan will debut on December 8 (Image: NETFLIX)

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It will provide a show of royal unity and strength on the same day Volume II of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan docu-series is to be released.

The two trailers for the six-episode show released so far by the entertainment giant hint the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are ready to make revelations and allegations against the Royal Family.

The latest teaser, released on Monday, includes Prince Harry speaking about the “hierarchy” existing in the Royal Family, adding: “You know, there’s leaking but there’s also planting of stories.”

Kate launched the Together at Christmas initiative last year to celebrate extraordinary members of their communities and charity leaders as well as bring people together after the coronavirus pandemic split apart families and friends for months.

Kate smiling at Prince William

Kate spearheaded the special carol service last year too (Image: GETTY)

Kate sitting between Prince William and Sophie Wessex

Kate and Prince William were joined by other members of the Firm at last year’s service (Image: GETTY)

However, it will also be dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II and the values she upheld throughout her whole life.

In an operational note released ahead of the service, Kensington Palace said: “This year’s carol service is dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the values Her Majesty demonstrated throughout her life, including duty, empathy, faith, service, kindness, compassion and support for others.

“These principles are shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the Abbey in recognition of their tireless work to help and care for those around them.”

Camilla, Charles, Kate and William standing next to each other and smiling

Kate and Prince William posed for this picture alongside Camilla and Charles in September (Image: GETTY)

Alongside the main service at the London abbey, a number of community carol services will be held across the UK throughout December, hosted by local Lieutenants and supported by the Royal Foundation.

While this event, spearheaded by the Princess and supported by William and Kate’s Royal Foundation, will take place next Thursday, it will be aired on Christmas Eve by ITV in a programme titled “Royal Carols: Together at Christmas”.

The broadcast will feature additional content, including an introduction from Kate, clips highlighting the deeds of some of the individuals celebrated during the service and tributes to the late sovereign.


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