Harry and Meghan are reportedly planning on spending Christmas in the US, as it is revealed the Duke of Sussex is ‘not ready’ to return to the UK.
It will be the second year in a row the former senior royals will missing the traditional Sandringham Christmas celebrations, instead choosing to host a small get together at their own home.
“At this stage they are really enjoying their new life in California and their new home,” a source told Katie Nicholl for Vanity Fair, also hinting a the supposed strained relationship between Harry and brother Prince William.
“Let's just say that while things are better between Harry and his brother, it's not what it was, and I don't think anyone is ready for a cozy family Christmas right now.”
Instead the Sussexes are set to host their own Christmas in LA and plan on inviting his 'surrogate' dad, Canadian record producer David Foster, and his wife Katharine McPhee, according to The Mirror.
David and Katherine, who knows the Duchess of Sussex from their high school days in LA, offered to host the festivities at their home, but Meghan volunteered.
“Meghan very much wants to host the first Christmas at their new home with her mum,” a source claimed.
“She’s really excited and is planning on doing all the traditions she grew up with as a child, including the cooking.”
Harry and Meghan had already missed the traditional royal Christmas celebrations in 2019, choosing instead to spend the festive season with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in the US.
At the time a statement issued by the Palace said the decision “has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
Though at the time some royal experts called the move ‘telling and worrying’.
Phil Dampier, author of the book Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, said if they had a big family Christmas lined up one could understand the decision.
“But of course Meghan is estranged from everyone in her family apart from her mother. So if they just don't want to be with the Queen and the rest of the royals it is very telling and worrying,” he told the MailOnline.
“Maybe they will have time to reflect on their problems in the coming weeks and hopefully realise that thinking of themselves as victims and outsiders is not helping anyone.”
Harry was meant to be back in the UK in August for an annual polo event with Prince William, though this year he missed the major gathering that the royal family has been hosting for 15 years.
William and Harry compete in the The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day each year but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harry stayed in Santa Barbara.
The royal had previously given an indication of when he expects to finally be setting foot back on British soil.
In Zoom call to mark the Rugby League’s 125th birthday around the same time, the duke revealed in the video he definitely planned to return before October 2021.
“We've got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year,” he said.
“I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for COVID.”
The Rugby World Cup is due to take place in England next year between 23 October and 27 November.