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 “dearly beloved” members of the family despite resigning from royal duties nearly three years ago.
But a source close to the king said, “It’s unlikely they’ll be there.”
It will be Charles’ first time hosting the annual family gathering and Christmas break at the private estate in Norfolk.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will be there and staying at nearby Anmer Hall, the home given to them by the Queen.
Other family members are expected to join the King and Queen Consort on Christmas morning as they walk to church.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unlikely to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for their first Christmas without the Queen. Pictured: Harry and Meghan in October 2018
King Charles is understood to have invited Meghan and Harry, who remain “dearly beloved” members of the family despite resigning from royal duties nearly three years ago. Pictured: Then Prince Charles with William, Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Christmas in 2019
The Royal Family has made Sandringham their home base for Christmas and New Years since 1988.
Although the family traditionally spends the holidays on the estate, the routine has been turned around in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The royals are expected to celebrate in Sandringham this year as they experience their first Christmas since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
There will be those within the royal family who will breathe a sigh of relief when the Sussexes apologize.
After Meghan described the funeral of the late queen as “complicated,” the presence of the Sussexes at the mince pies may not go down well.
Harry is ready to release his amazing memoir in the new year and a Netflix show before that.
The book — titled Spare as a “loaded” reference to his position as the heir apparent’s younger brother — will feature the painful episode of his mother’s tragic death, the publishers say.
The Royals have made Sandringham their Christmas and New Years base since 1988, but in 2020 and 2021 the Queen will be spending Christmas in Windsor. The Queen is pictured with William and Kate in Windsor in December 2020
The late Queen spent about two months at the Sandringham estate each winter and from there broadcast her first televised Christmas message (pictured) in 1957
Royal Christmas in Sandringham
In the 1960s, when the Queen’s children were still young, many holidays were celebrated in Windsor, but since 1988, when the castle was rewired, the Royal Christmas has returned to Sandringham.
The Queen traditionally spent both Christmas and New Years at the estate, before departing in February.
She usually returned to London or Windsor on the anniversary of her father’s death on February 6.
Last year, a royal insider told the Mail on Sunday that the Sandringham estate was special “not only because of all the fond memories of Prince Philip and the hard work he put into transforming the estate, but also because it is where her father was born.” came by. away’.
Sources close to the couple recently told The Mirror that relations between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the royal family are “near rock bottom”.
Relatives were not notified in advance of the title, while the Spanish-language version is even sharper, as it has been subtitled En La Sombra, meaning ‘in the shadows’.
The royal family was reportedly surprised by the title of the memoir.
Some analysts predict that the book could mean ‘the end’ for all attempts at reconciliation between the Sussexes and the royal family.
An initial release date was slated for “late 2022” to take advantage of the lucrative Christmas market, but the book won’t hit shelves until January 10.
The delayed release would be a sign of respect after the death of the Queen.
A spokesman for the king declined to comment on the book. But it’s clear the Royal House has already been warned that the £28 416 page book is ‘critical of everything and everyone’ and they ‘fear’ it.
Meanwhile, the Sandringham royal estate is kicking off the holiday season early, with the lights opening to the public on Friday.
Harry is ready to release his amazing memoir in the new year. His book, Spare, will feature the painful episode of his mother’s tragic death, the publishers say
While most towns will have to wait another week for their Christmas lights to turn on – and some have even been canceled altogether due to high energy prices – the miles of Winter Light Trail through Norfolk’s Royal Parkland has already returned for its third year.
The ‘Enthralling Path of Light’, which lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and runs between 11 November and 18 December, costs £42 for a couple or £65 for a family of four.
On ‘ambient music’, visitors follow the miles of light trail that winds through the historic Country Park, with 13 ‘wow moments’ along the way.
Fire pits will be lit for guests to toast marshmallows and festive food and drinks will be offered in the courtyard, but the event’s website warns potential attendees not to expect “traditional festive decorations” or a Santa Claus.
Luminate has returned to Sandringham for its third year, with miles of light trail and vintage funfair (pictured)
On ‘ambient music’, visitors follow the miles of light trail that wind through the historic Country Park, with 13 ‘wow moments’ along the way
The ‘Enthralling Light Route’, which takes between 60 and 90 minutes and runs between 11 November and 18 December, costs £42 for a couple or £65 for a family of four
There’s also a vintage funfair – which requires additional tickets to be purchased at £3 per ride – complete with a helter go-kart, flying chairs, carousel and a Ferris wheel.
The light show gives visitors the chance to explore the grounds of the Queen’s former Christmas home, which has become one of Charles III’s royal residences since her death.
The Grade II listed house is located near the parish of Sandringham in Norfolk, on a 20,000 acre estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The late Queen spent about two months at the Sandringham estate each winter, broadcasting her first televised Christmas message from there.