The Queen will be left “hurt” after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry confirmed they won’t be spending Christmas with her, according to a royal expert.
Buckingham Palace tonight confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the festive period in the US with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland.
This means the pair, along with baby son Archie, won’t be spending Christmas with Her Majesty at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, as is the tradition.
The Palace also confirmed the couple and Archie will begin their long break in California at the end of this month.
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A Palace spokesman reportedly described the break as “extended family time” following the couple’s admission they are struggling with the recent criticism of them.
But now a royal biographer has said she reckons the Queen has been left “hurt” by Meghan and Harry’s decision not to spend Christmas with the Royal Family.
Ingrid Seward told Express.co.uk: “Christmas at Sandringham can be quite stressful so perhaps they don’t want to go with Archie at such a young age.
“Having said that, Sandringham has played host to many many children through the ages and is well set up for them.
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“I think it’s sad they don’t want to be part of the family gathering, particularly now the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in their dotage.
“The Queen might be a little hurt but she’s far too gracious to ever let it show or be known.”
Referring to Meghan and Harry’s recent bombshell interview about their struggles, Seward added: “It does seem to be nothing to do with Archie and to do with their own personal feelings.”
Despite Ingrid's comments, ITV News' royal editor Chris Ship said tonight that a Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen has given her support to Meghan and Harry's decision.
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Daily Star Online has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
Meghan and Harry’s recent interview in an ITV documentary, which followed the pair's tour of Africa, saw Meghan appear to nearly break down in tears as she admitted she is "not OK".
She spoke about how she has struggled to cope with the recent criticism of her from the press and public, while Harry also admitted it had been a struggle.
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The Duke also confirmed in the interview the long-running rumours of a rift between him and his brother William, saying the pair have been on "different paths".
Harry and Meghan have spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, with this year set to be their first away from the Royal Family and with the Markle clan instead.
Prince William and Kate Middleton themselves spent Christmas away from the Royal Family in 2012 and 2016, spending it with Kate's parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
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