The Queen is likely to be disappointed that her grandson Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son Archie will not reportedly be returning to the UK for Christmas, a royal expert says.
The Sussexes are living in a $14 million (£10.7 million) mansion in Montecito, California, after quitting life as senior royals earlier this year.
It is claimed the family will snub the Queen for the second year in a row and celebrate their first Christmas in the US, after reportedly spending the holiday in Canada last year. They are expected to travel to the UK days later.
The Queen and husband Prince Philip haven’t seen their great-grandson Archie, who was born in May 2019, for a year, and they have never spent a Christmas with him at the monarch’s estate Sandringham, Norfolk, along with other members of the Royal Family.
Vanity Fair’s royal editor Katie Nicholl said Harry and Meghan are excited for their first American Christmas in balmy California.
They will travel to the UK days later and self-isolate for two weeks before the start of Meghan’s Meghan’s High Court case against the Mail on Sunday.
The first court hearing is on January 11.
It is thought they will self-isolate at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Ms Nicholl said the fact that they won’t be joining the Royal Family at Sandringham is likely to be “disappointing” for the Queen, who is “missing” Harry and one-year-old Archie.
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, had previously spent every Christmas at Sandringham since their engagement in 2017.
Harry spent every Christmas at the estate in Norfolk, except in 2012 when he was serving in Afghanistan.
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Earlier this month, the Mirror reported that Harry is poised to celebrate Christmas in Southern California with “surrogate dad” David Foster, 70, and his wife Katherine McPhee, 36, who went to high school with Meghan in Los Angeles.
Last week, Harry and Meghan posed for a new official photo to promote their latest non-royal job, a TIME 100 talkabout the dangers of the internet and social media.
Both are smiling and Meghan is resting her arm on Harry’s leg.
In other news, the former Suits actress was spotted wearing Princess Diana’s Cartier watch in a photo which was used alongside an announcement she and Harry will be hosting an online talk on the dangers of social media.
The couple’s conversation with celebrity friends will air on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge has become the patron of two wildlife conservation charities, succeeding the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Kensington Palace has announced.
William has followed in the Queen’s footsteps to become the figurehead of Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and takes over from Philip as patron of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
The announcement comes after the duke launched his £50 million Earthshot Prize earlier this month, which aims to recognise solutions, ideas and technologies which “repair the planet”.
The Queen was the FFI’s patron for almost seven decades, while Philip held the same position with the BTO for more than thirty years and is a lifelong ornithology enthusiast.