Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Christmas plans as they 'reject' King Charles' Sandringham invite

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have alternative Christmas plans, according to a royal expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down in split layout with King Charles close up
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Christmas plans have been revealed by royal expert as they 'reject' King Charles' Sandringham invite.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have 'rejected' an invite from King Charles III to spend Christmas at Sandringham in favour of their own plans.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly turned down an invite to have Christmas at Sandringham with the rest of the Royal Family - in what will be the first Christmas since Queen Elizabeth II's death.

According to Royal Expert Katie Nicholl, "Christmas is always a really special time for the royal family. They do traditionally come together and that has always been at Sandringham and my understanding is that King Charles III is going to follow his mother’s tradition and host a family Christmas at Sandringham this year.”

In the interview with ET, she added, “Harry and Meghan have been invited for Christmas. But it’s our understanding that they weren’t coming over to the U.K. They will be spending the holiday season in California.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk with Kate Middleton and Prince Charles from church at Sandringham

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The last time Prince Harry and Meghan joined in with the traditional Royal Family festivities was back in 2018 when they joined Queen Elizabeth II, a then Prince Charles, William and Kate for church at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

It's likely that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will do their own thing with their children, son Archie, four, and daughter Lilibet, one.

But Meghan and Harry aren't the only royals to previously miss out on spending Christmas with Prince Charles as Prince William and Kate have skipped family time at Sandringham in order to spend the holiday with the Middleton family on numerous occasions since they married in 2011 - giving both grandparents time with the grandchildren at Christmas.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan were last seen pictured with all the royal family at the Queen's funeral in September.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

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!)