Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, both 37, have had an extraordinarily busy year. In 2019 they have welcomed their first child Archie Harrison to the world, launched their own charitable foundation and completed their first overseas tour as a family.
Last month it was confirmed the couple would miss the annual Christmas day get together with the Queen in order to spend it with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland instead.
Meghan and Prince Harry are currently on a six-week break and are expected to return to royal duties in the New Year.
They travelled to the USA where they celebrated baby Archie’s first Thanksgiving in Meghan’s homeland and may choose to stay stateside for Christmas.
While it is not confirmed where the Sussexes will spend Christmas with Doria Ragland it is certain they will spend it outside the royal bubble.
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Why Meghan and Harry chose to skip Christmas with the Queen
Meghan and Harry’s decision to miss Christmas with the Queen is not unprecedented for younger Royal Family members.
Prince William and Kate have also skipped it in the past to spend the special day with Kate’s family.
Meghan and Harry have spent the last two Christmas at Sandringham so it makes sense they may wish to spend it elsewhere, especially now they have a little one to look after.
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Royal author and commentator Katie Nicholl has claimed the Sussexes may be keen on a low-key Christmas following what has been a hectic year.
Writing in Vanity Fair Ms Nicholl wrote: “Now on a sabbatical from royal duties until January, Meghan, Harry, and Archie spent their first Thanksgiving as a family in the States with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and are now enjoying some down time. “
She added: “Given their whirlwind year it’s no wonder they are trading a busy royal Christmas for a more low key family affair.”
Meghan Markle and Harry have worked hard to get their Sussex Royal foundation off the ground since splitting from Kate and Prince William’s Royal Foundation earlier this year.
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Editor of the site Meghan’s Mirror Christine Ross told Vanity Fair: “2019 was a tremendously productive year for the Duchess of Sussex.
“In her first full year of being a Duchess, Meghan has embraced her role in a powerful way.
“The Duchess of Sussex’s large-scale initiatives over the year showcased her dedication to her charitable patronages and the causes she is passionate about.”
While Meghan is currently on an official break it is reported she is working hard to rally together influential US contacts to boost Sussex Royal abroad.
According to the Telegraph, she is keen for the charitable venture to have a strong global presence.
A source told the Telegraph: “This is a mission that Meghan has been on for a long time.
“Even in her younger years in Hollywood, she wanted to work towards creating an international charity changing lives.
“Now that she has the platform and profile of being a British royal she can truly build this plan.
“She sees this foundation as one of the key factors in creating a legacy as a new royal and Harry is right behind her.
“While Harry and Meghan are technically on rest, she is not the type of woman who likes doing nothing; so this break actually could be seen by some as very fortuitous.”
The source added: “What is most interesting is that Meghan feels that while the charity will be a worldwide venture, she sees Hollywood and American business circles as key to fundraising.
“Meghan feels that focusing on fundraising stateside will bring in tens of millions of dollars quickly.”