Meghan's dislike for hunting could be behind her and Harry's decision to not spend Christmas with Queen, says royal expert

Meghan's dislike for hunting could be behind her and Harry's decision to not spend Christmas with Queen, says royal expert
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan and Prince Harry (Source:Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had earlier informed the Queen that they will not spend their son Archie's first Christmas with her at Sandringham.

It is very possible that the Sussexes could stay at home in Windsor or travel overseas to meet Meghan's mother Doria Ragland after a difficult year.

According to royal expert Penny Junor who spokes to MEAWW (MEA WorldWide) exclusively, "I think it is a terrible shame. Harry adores his grandparents and who knows how many more Christmases they will have?" 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had made the decision to not spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham (Getty Images)

Junor said that the reason behind them not attending could very well be because of the traditional pheasant shooting that the family takes part in. "The family traditionally have a pheasant shoot on Boxing Day and I believe Meghan is against shooting," she revealed.

This could be a major factor as to why Harry and Meghan chose against spending Christmas at Sandringham. 

"On the other hand, it is understandable that they might want to give Doria the pleasure of spending Christmas with her first grandchild," Junor shared. 

The Sussexes are presently on a six-week-long break to spend time with their family. It had been reported that the couple would return to Sandringham for Christmas but they informed the Queen, 93, that they won't be joining her as well as Prince Philip, 98.

Recently, both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got candid about their state of mind on the ITV documentary 'Harry & Meghan: An African Journey'. 

In the documentary, Meghan revealed that she had attempted to cope by putting on a "stiff upper lip" but the intensity of media interest in her personal life had become too much to take at times.

Her husband, the Duke of Sussex, has also contemplated leaving the United Kingdom and settling abroad—a huge digression from royal family norms. 


Given the recent controversies and scandals surrounding the royal family, from Prince Andrew's association to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to Harry and Meghan's fragile mental state, Junor had some advice on what steps the royals can take to ensure that the next year is smoother. 

"They should focus on their work, which they do so well and, whatever happens, however they are feeling, resist the temptation to talk to the media!" Junor shared.

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