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Prince Andrew set to miss Queen’s family Christmas dinner due to ‘rule of six’

PALACE chiefs are drawing up plans for the Queen’s ‘rule of six’ family Christmas dinner – that could see Prince Andrew getting the chop.

The Queen usually hosts up to 30 family members at Sandringham for Christmas but like millions around the country is faced with Covid-19 restrictions.

Plans for the Queen’s ‘rule of six’ family Christmas dinner are being drawn up by the palace and could see Prince Andrew getting the chop

Royal aides have written contingency plans restricting the ‘Christmas six’ alongside the Queen to Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla and William and Kate, it is claimed.

This means Prince Andrew – who has not worked a senior royal since for almost a year due to his links to dead paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein – is not expected, a source says.

Harry and Meghan have already ruled themselves out saying they expect to be back in the UK for New Year ahead of Meg’s privacy trial with her estranged father in January.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “There are contingency plans in place just in case the Covid-19 restrictions and rule of six still apply at Christmas.

“The Queen has insisted that she will abide by the rule of six but intends to go ahead with spending a family Christmas at Sandringham.

“Prince Philip is expected to join for Christmas dinner from Wood Farm cottage. Charles and Camilla will be there for Christmas Day but leave on Boxing Day.

“William and Kate will be round the corner at Anmer Hall and so wanted to make up the six on Christmas Day – but without their three children.”


Staff at Sandringham have kicked up a mini revolt complaining they are being asked to form a secure ‘bubble’ over Christmas.

Palace workers are angry that they could be made to work four weeks over the festive period away from their families.

It is understood that the royal aides believe Christmas will be held at Sandringham.

The estate in Norfolk is currently in a Tier 1 area meaning families and friends cannot meet in groups larger than six.

The Queen usually hosts up to 30 family members at Sandringham for Christmas but will face restrictions this year
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Buckingham Palace said it is too early to confirm who will spend Christmas with the Queen.

A spokesman said: “Although way too early for Christmas plans to be decided upon rest assured that all plans will be contingent on following the appropriate advice at the time.”

The royal family traditionally share other presents on Christmas Eve and visit St Mary Magdalene Church in the grounds of the estate on Christmas morning.

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