By Cody Roark
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to spend Christmas 2019 in Canada. Apparently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already flown out to their secret getaway, along with their eight-month-old son Archie.
The family will be taking a six week hiatus from royal duties, with approval from the Queen herself. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, will be visiting the Duke and Duchess from her home in Los Angeles, California. The family has spent the last several Christmases following the traditions of the royal family, spending Christmas with the Queen at her home in Sandringham, England. However, this year they would like to spend a more personal Christmas at their secret getaway spot in Canada with Meghan’s side of the family.
News of this decision comes after Prince Harry, dressed as Santa Claus, sent his holiday wishes to bereaved children at a charity event by Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Prince Harry spent 10 years in the British Armed Forces and completed two tours in Afghanistan. Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by a war widow, Nikki Scott, and supports children in Great Britain who’ve lost parents during military service. Scott herself lost her husband who was killed in Afghanistan a decade ago.
According to some sources, not all of the royal family is exactly thrilled with the Duke and Duchess’ decision to leave the country for the holiday season. These unnamed members of the family have expressed concern that the couple should take the Queen and Prince Philip’s age into consideration before leaving. Last Friday, Prince Philip was taken to a hospital in London due to a preexisting condition as a precautionary measure. He walked into the hospital himself and is expected to be released over the next few days. Another concern of certain royal family members is that they would like young Archie’s first Christmas to be in the UK with the royal family. Though there are family members expressing concern of the couple’s getaway, there are also plenty who’ve expressed their support. Her Majesty the Queen being one who has outwardly gave her support of the decision.
This marks only the second time that Prince Harry has skipped the royal family gathering, the first being his deployment to Afghanistan. This year, the young family will enjoy the holidays in a small, warm gathering with our neighbors to the North.