The new parents will head across the pond with Archie Harrison for some extended time with his maternal grandmother, according to HELLO! UK, which reports the decision is in line with precedent previously set by other Royal Family members. The Queen herself is said to be supportive of their plans.
Buckingham Palace also released a statement confirming the news.
Buckingham Palace: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria."
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) 13 November 2019
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” it reads. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria.”
Reports emerged on Nov. 13 that the couple were considering spending Christmas with Doria as part of a six-week break they’re set to begin next week. They were originally reported to be heading across the pond for American Thanksgiving and due to return home for the holidays, but we now understand that isn’t the case.
This will be Harry’s first time not celebrating Christmas at Sandringham since 2012, when he was serving in Afghanistan. Meghan has spent both of her Christmases as a royal at Sandringham with Harry and the family.
This decision isn’t unusual. Prince William and Duchess Kate have spent Christmas with the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton at Bucklebury, several times. They did so in 2012 and 2016, so this may reflect the Sussexes’ desire to structure their holiday celebrations in a similar way to the Cambridges.