Queen Elizabeth II will miss a few members of royal family these holidays. Her husband, Prince Philip, passed away in April. In addition, her grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, will not fly to the U.K. for Christmas.
Queen Elizabeth And Prince Harry Will Not Spend The Holidays Together
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to fly to the U.K. for the holidays even if they know that it will be the first Christmas without Prince Philip. Also, the Queen recently had a health scare and would want everyone around for the holidays.
The Queen invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to join them in Sandringham over the holidays. However, Prince Harry and Markle will not be there, according to multiple sources.
"There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff knows that Harry and Meghan are not coming," an unnamed royal source told Page Six. "They were, they would have communicated it to their family by now."
The insider added that it's the Queen's first Christmas without her husband. So, everyone was expecting that the Sussexes would be around.
Royal expert British journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti also believed that it would be unlikely that all the members of the royal family would be together on Christmas and New Year's Day. He weighed in on the chances of Prince Harry and Markle flying to the U.K. for holidays and said chances are slim it would happen.
"It’s perhaps unlikely that they’re going to be spending what we would think of as quality family time together at Christmas and New Years and birthdays," Sacerdoti told Us Weekly.
When Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Return To The U.K.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry haven't returned to the U.K. together after they left their royal duties. The Duke of Sussex returned to his home country twice without his wife.
Prince Harry returned in April for Prince Philip's funeral. He also returned in June for the unveiling of his mom Princess Diana's statue.
Markle couldn't join him on both trips because he was still pregnant with their second child. Royal commentator Robert Jobson, author of "Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh," believed that the duchess might never return to the U.K.
"I’m not sure Meghan will ever come to Britain again," Jobson told Us Weekly Tuesday. "She’s not popular [right] now."
However, Page Six's royal source also said that it wouldn't be best for them to return for the first time together on the Queen's Platinum Jubilee because they might steal Her Majesty's thunder.
It remains unknown when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit his family. However, they might eventually do so because the Queen hasn't met their youngest child yet, baby Lili.