While the Queen and the rest of the royal family have begun settling into Sandringham for the holidays, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are skipping out on the festivities this year in favor of some family time abroad.
Despite rumors that Harry and Meghan would spend Christmas in Los Angeles with Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, the palace has confirmed that the couple and baby Archie will celebrate the holidays in Canada (surprise!).
“The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both,” said the statement. “Whilst this email confirms the country they are taking their family time in, for security reasons we will not be releasing any further details and request that their privacy is respected.”
“The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family," the announcement continued. "They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son.”
Upon their arrival, Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, welcomed the Sussexes to the country. “Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we’re all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada,” he tweeted. “You’re among friends, and always welcome here.”
Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we’re all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada. You’re among friends, and always welcome here.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 21, 2019
Meghan and Harry's decision to eschew the entire holiday season in England is reportedly not a snub against the Queen, but rather a desire to escape the spotlight for several weeks. And, according to The Daily Mail, Her Royal Highness is actually understanding of the situation.
It hasn't been announced when the Sussexes will return back to royal life, but likely it won't be until the new year.