Royal Christmas’s set to change as without the Queen there is less ‘pressure to have all of the family together’

We know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are skipping the royal Christmas, but there's a deeper reason as to why

The Queen's Christmas speech
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have snubbed the royal invite to spend Christmas in the UK, but the reason why is sadly relatable. 

It is disappointing yet unsurprising that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not celebrate Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham. Largely thanks to the ever-nearing reported release date of their Netflix docuseries, that may see the tell-all programme hit screens as early as the 8th of December, the pair skipping Christmas makes a lot of sense - that would be one awkward dinner. 

But an invite to the elusive royal family Christmas do has been extended to Harry and Meghan, though, as reported in The Mirror, “they will not be present as relations continue to sour.”

Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Christmas

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But there is another reason that may have impacted the pair's decision to skip the event. Speaking to The Sun, royal expert Angela Levin said, “The Queen’s death means that there won’t be as much pressure to have all of the family together, which is good, because it seems Harry and Meghan won’t be present.

"The family will want to make it a very positive day after the Queen’s death, and I think the Sussexes’ presence would most certainly dampen that.”

Prince William, Kate Middleton and The Queen at Christmas

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So, without the Queen at the head of the Chistmas table, it appears the royal Christmas will see some changes. King Charles is said to be shaking up some traditions that have previously shaped Christmas at Sandringham; it will be less formal than in years past reports The Daily Mail, and the family will not gather to watch the King’s Christmas broadcast together at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. 

While the day will feel incredibly different without the Queen, some aspects will remain the same. Marie Claire report that royal fans can still expect the traditional Christmas walk from the family to St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate, which they undertake each year before returning home for their Christmas meal. 

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is a news writer for Goodtoknow, specialising in family content. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.