By Madeleine Grisanzio
Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
The Sussexes have reportedly told the Queen that they will not be spending Christmas with her and the other Royals. After spending the last two years celebrating at the Sandringham House in Norfolk, they decided to go elsewhere. Instead, the new family will be visiting Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.
Each holiday season, the Royals take part in a walk to church on Christmas morning followed by a brunch with the Queen. The Duke and Duchess have decided to ‘recharge their batteries’ by taking baby Archie to spend time with his maternal grandmother.
Many Speculated that the couple would elect to spend Thanksgiving with Markle’s mother and Christmas at the Sandringham House. This will be the first year since 2012 that Harry will not spend this holiday with the Queen.
A source close to the family says this may have to do with the couple not wanting to bring a young Archie to Sandringham as it can be stressful during this time. The source adds that this may have more to do with personal feelings since they also skipped the annual holiday in Balmoral.
It remains unclear if Meghan and Prince Harry will take a trip to the United States or invite Doria to their home. However, a spokesperson has announced that they will not be visiting Markle’s hometown of Los Angeles.
Despite whispers of controversy, it was said that the decision of the couple to visit other family is in line with other precedents made by the Royals and has the full support of the Queen.