The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unlikely to join the royal family at Sandringham for their first Christmas without the Queen.
King Charles is understood to have invited Meghan and Harry, who remain part of the family despite stepping down from royal duties nearly three years ago.
However, a source close to the king said it was “unlikely for them to attend.”
It will be the first time Charles will host their annual family reunion and Christmas vacation at their private property in Norfolk.
The Prince and Princess of Wales stay at nearby Anmer Hall, given to them by the Queen.
Other families plan to join the walk to the King and Queen’s Church on Christmas morning.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unlikely to join the royal family at Sandringham for their first Christmas without the Queen. Photo: Harry and Meghan in October 2018
King Charles is understood to have invited Meghan and Harry, who remain part of the family despite stepping down from royal duties nearly three years ago. Photo: Charles then at Christmas 2019 Prince William, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Since 1988, the royal family has made Sandringham their Christmas and New Year home.
Families traditionally vacation in a country mansion, but in recent years the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their daily routine.
The royal family will be celebrating at Sandringham this year, as Queen Elizabeth will be spending her first Christmas since her death.
Some members of the royal family will breathe a sigh of relief when the Sussexes send their condolences.
The Sussexes’ presence over mince pies may be unsettling after Meghan Markle described the late Queen’s funeral as “complicated.”
Harry is poised to release his shocking memoir in the New Year and the program on Netflix before that.
The book, titled Spare as a “loaded” reference to his position as the younger brother of the heir to the throne, will feature a painful episode of his mother’s tragic death, the publisher says. .
The Royals have been based at Sandringham for Christmas and New Years since 1988, but in 2020 and 2021, the Queen will spend Christmas in Windsor. The Queen is pictured with William and Kate in Windsor in December 2020.
The late Queen spent about two months each winter at Sandringham House, where she broadcast her first televised Christmas message from there in 1957 (pictured).
Royal Christmas at Sandringham
Many festive seasons were celebrated in Windsor in the 1960s when the Queen’s children were still small, but since 1988 when the castle was rewired, Royal Christmas has returned to Sandringham.
The Queen traditionally spent both Christmas and New Years at the mansion before leaving in February.
She usually returned to London or Windsor on 6 February, the anniversary of her father’s death.
Last year, a royal insider told the Mail on Sunday, “Not only for the fond memories of Prince Philip and the tremendous efforts he made to transform the estate, but also for the very place where her father died. The Sandringham estate is special because there’s ‘over there’.
A source close to the couple recently told Miller that Harry’s relationship with Meghan and the rest of the royal family is “close to rock bottom.”
The family was not told the title prior to the announcement, but the Spanish version is even more pointed, with the subtitle En La Sombra, or “In the Shadows.”
The royal family was reportedly surprised by the title of the memoir.
Some analysts predict the book could spell the “end” of reconciliation efforts between Sussex and the royal family.
The original release date was set for “late 2022” to take advantage of the lucrative Christmas market, but the book won’t be on shelves until January 10th.
The delayed release was said to be a posthumous tribute to the Queen.
A spokesman for the king declined to comment on the book. However, it is understood that the royal family has already been warned that the 416-page, £28 book is “critical of everyone and everything” and that they are “afraid” of it.
Meanwhile, the Sandringham royal residence will open its light display to the public on Friday, kicking off the festive season early.
Harry is poised to release his shocking memoir in the New Year. His book Spare will feature the poignant episode of his mother’s tragic death, publisher says.
While most towns are still a week away from switching on their Christmas lights, and some have canceled entirely due to high energy prices, the mile-long winter holiday through Norfolk’s Royal Parklands Light Trail is already in its third year.
From 11th November to 18th December, the 60- to 90-minute ‘Fascinating Path of Lights’ costs £42 for a couple and £65 for a family of four.
Set to “ambient music,” visitors follow a 1-mile light trail that winds through a historic country park.
A fire pit will be lit for guests to toast marshmallows, and festive food and drink will be served in the courtyard, though the event’s website says future attendees will be treated to “traditional festive decorations” and Father’s Christmas. I warn you not to expect .
Luminate is back in Sandringham for the third year and features a mile of light trails and a classic fairground (pictured).
Timed to ‘ambient music’, visitors follow a 1-mile light trail that winds through a historic country park, experiencing 13 ‘moments of surprise’ along the way
The Enchanting Path of Lights takes 60-90 minutes from 11th November to 18th December and costs £42 for a couple and £65 for a family of four.
There is also a retro fairground with a Helter Skelter, a flying chair, a carousel and a Ferris wheel, with additional tickets to be purchased at a cost of £3 per ride.
A light display gives visitors the chance to explore the grounds of the former Christmas Retreat, which became one of Charles III’s royal residences after the Queen’s death.
Located near Sandringham Parish in Norfolk, the Grade II listed building sits on 20,000 acres in the Norfolk Coast of Outstanding Natural Beauty Area.
The late Queen spent about two months each winter at Sandringham House, from where she broadcast her Christmas message on television for the first time.