In what looks like a royal snub, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be spending the festive season with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly be spending the Christmas season with the Queen at Sandringham after declining an offer to stay at Prince William and Kate Middleton's Norfolk home. It has also been reported that Harry and Meghan were given the choice to stay at Anmer Hall where they had a "fantastic time" with the children — Prince George and Princess Charlotte — last year.
As reported by The Sun, a source shared, "There’s not a huge amount of room at Sandringham so it’s quite surprising. Maybe they just want their own space. Things are civil between the couples but they don’t spend much time together." A royal biographer Christopher Wilson added, "Sandringham Christmases can be an ordeal, even for those born royal — and generally those who’ve married into the family can’t wait to get away.
"Kate’s a homebody and loves being with her own immediate family at Christmas — off-duty and relaxed," he continued. Of late, the royal family has been surrounded by rumors that the two families do not fully get along and are feuding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who are currently expecting their first child together have decided to set up their home in Windsor which is away from Prince William and Kate Middleton. Frogmore Cottage, where Harry and Meghan will be moving, was given to them by the Queen. Frogmore has around ten bedrooms as compared to their current residence at Nottingham Cottage. Their shift to Frogmore Cottage will also make way for Meghan's mother Doria to come and stay with the couple.
According to the DailyMail, an insider said, "Kate and Meghan are very different people. They don't really get on." A royal source explained that their decision to move could very well be because of the reported tension and friction between the sisters-in-law Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton which has driven a wedge between William and Harry.