Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas plans have once again put a rift in the royal family on display. Despite a couple of years of separation, their absence from Sandringham during the holiday season continues to disappoint King Charles and leave their children missing out on quality family time.
Royal expert Dr. Tessa Dunlop doesn’t hold much hope for a festive family reunion. Just as Harry won’t be gracing Balmoral with his presence, he’s also unlikely to be joining the Sandringham festivities. Speculation has arisen about Harry’s longing to be in the UK, possibly considering a property near London. However, he won’t be seeking his father’s help after being asked to leave their UK home, Frogmore Cottage.
Dr. Dunlop suggests that there might be underlying marital tension between Harry and Meghan. It seems Harry is less than thrilled with the Hollywood lifestyle favored by his wife. The Sussexes currently reside thousands of miles away from Harry’s family, with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, just a few hours away from their California home. It’s a situation reminiscent of the past when Camilla was initially portrayed negatively but later found her place as a beloved queen.
Despite occasional public appearances, Harry and Meghan have mostly kept to themselves in America, leading some to find them a tad boring. The British public, though, misses Harry. He might want a safe place in London, his home city, but the security-conscious Sussexes may not invest in a private property when they could stay with cousins in Windsor or find accommodation with secure arrangements in London.
In the end, Harry and Meghan remain a distant presence in the UK, making King Charles’s Christmas wish for a family gathering seem far from reality. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are focused on their American life, occasionally stepping out for public appearances, but mostly staying true to their chosen path.
As an insider in the know, it’s clear that the rift within the royal family isn’t likely to be mended anytime soon, and King Charles’s desire for a cozy Christmas with his absent grandchildren seems to be a wish unfulfilled.