The Real Reason Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are "Unlikely" to Join Royal Family for First Christmas Without the Queen
The Royal Family are heading to Sandringham for the holidays – minus Harry and Meghan.
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their "Megxit" out of the United Kingdom and settled down in Montecito, it seemed unlikely that they would reunite with Harry's family anytime soon. After all, shortly after the couple left came their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which included racism and mistreatment accusations against unnamed members of the family. Next came the announcement of Harry's tell-all memoir, followed by Meghan's explosive New York Magazine interview.
However, when Queen Elizabeth died, the unexpected happened: Both Harry and Meghan reunited with the family, including King Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton at the funeral. Does this mean the couple will return to spend the holidays with Harry's family? Unlikely, says a new report. Read to learn more—and to explore secrets of the Royal Family, don't miss these The Biggest Royal Romance Scandals of All Time.
According to The Daily Mail, King Charles invited his youngest son and his wife to spend the holidays, the first without his mother and Harry's grandmother, at Sandringham. However, "They are unlikely to attend," a source close to the King told the publication.
This will mark the first holiday the King will host. Guests who are expected include Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will be staying at Anmer Hall, and possibly Prince Andrew.
Why are the couple opting to skip the family celebration? Many Royal experts maintain it has to do with the upcoming publication of Harry's tell-all book, Spare, set to hit bookstores right after the holiday season.
"The reality is that no-one is expecting Harry and Meghan to fly over, given that his book is hanging over everything," an insider told the Daily Beast.
Sources added to The Mirror that relations between the couple and his family are near "rock bottom" after the title of the book was announced and that they had "no plans" to spend the holiday with in the UK. "This book could spell the end for any relationship Harry wants to have with his family, it's desperately sad," another source added. "Everyone is bracing themselves for yet another fraught and frantic period at the mercy of the Sussexes."