Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoyed a secret pre-Christmas holiday with Prince Archie and Lilibet after they were spotted during the low-key break at a resort with 'immaculate sand'.
Preparing for the festive season can be tiring as families rush to get hold of the hottest Christmas toys on Amazon, think of fun ways to give kids Christmas presents and plan the best time to do Christmas food shopping.
But ahead of this weekend's celebrations, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to take some time out to rest and recharge while spending some quality time with their two children Prince Archie, four and Princess Lilibet, two.
With the world's media usually following their every move, Prince Harry and Meghan managed to go unnoticed as they flew to Costa Rica to spend almost a week immersing themselves in its "serenity and scenic beauty". And it wasn't until the royals were back home where they live in LA that snaps of them sitting on a golf buggy and one of Meghan carrying Lilibet who was wearing a white dress and no shoes emerged.
An Instagram fan account @_duchess_of_sussex shared the news to fans, and wrote, "The Sussexes and their kids visited Costa Rica for almost a week, immersing themselves in its serenity and scenic beauty. They landed last Thursday and flew out on Wednesday, as the immigration authorities confirmed.
"I'm relieved the photos only came out after their trip especially since they were with their children. Notice how they are able to slip in and out of the country! No leaks whatsoever and I love it for them."
The fan account continued, "Harry and Meghan selected Playa Carrillo region and the adjacent beaches of Guanacaste province, known globally for their immaculate sands and highly regarded resorts. They maintained a low profile during their visit. No doubt they relished private time with their children before the true Christmas festive celebrations commence this weekend."
Prince Harry and Meghan often use a golf buggy to get around - especially during engagements such as the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf Germany, which was held back in September. The Invictus Games is an international sports competition for wounded, injured, and sick military personnel and veterans, founded by Prince Harry, designed to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation through sports. On day seven, they were pictured sitting in a golf buggy wearing sunglasses with Prince Harry holding his arm around Meghan.
On their latest family getaway, Meghan was pictured wearing her signature straw hat and a black strapless dress as she carried Lilibet. When pictured sitting in the golf buggy, Meghan wore a pair of denim shorts and a white shirt with her sun hat. Prince Harry had Princess Lilibet sitting on his lap and Prince Archie's legs show he was sitting between his parents.
Their secret getaway comes as Prince Harry plans to have a 'British' Christmas for Prince Archie and Lilibet.
In other royal news, Princess Diana returned most of Prince William and Harry’s childhood Christmas presents for this frugal reason and 'Meg says 'No, Archie, no — do not spray Gan-Gan! I grabbed a dustpan and swept up the pieces, all the while thinking: This is weird' Prince Harry recalls bizarre royal Christmas mishap.
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Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)
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