Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Skipping the Queen's Pre-Holiday Parties for Family Time
The Sussexes will be spending Christmas abroad.
The pair have already opted not to spend Christmas Day with the extended royal family, but now it looks like they're also skipping out on two additional holiday traditions. Now, it looks like this year will go toward racking up some much-needed family time.
Typically, the Queen has two different parties ahead of Christmas Day. One event is meant as a thank you for the Buckingham Palace staff for their hard work year after year. The other is a lavish lunch at the Palace that the entire royal family attends. The staff party is scheduled for December 16 and the lunch is meant to happen on Wednesday, December 18. It looks like Meghan and Harry won't be in attendance there.
Currently, Meghan and Harry are on a hiatus from their royal duties as they spend time abroad with baby Archie in the United States with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland. But it looks like they may be spending a little more time there than previously planned.
Sources indicated to the Mail Online that, while the couple may be missing out on the week's parties, they aren't doing so in any way to snub the royal family, and the Queen is actually understanding of their desire to have some family time.
Additionally, royal expert Omid Scobie noted on the HeirPod podcast that, given that they were still abroad, they likely won't be headed back in time for the holidays with the rest of the royal family.
"The Sussexes are away, they’re on their break right up until Christmas. They celebrated Thanksgiving privately with close family, which is lovely," Scobie explained.
"It’s a longtime trip that they’re on. I think we are really going to see them away until Christmas, as far as I'm aware, which is good for them."
Hopefully the Sussexes can drink in the private family time they've been hoping for, even if it means remaining abroad. We'll be waiting to see baby Archie's royal Christmas debut next year, perhaps!