Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be spending Archie's first Christmas with Meghan's mom Doria Ragland, not the royal family at Sandringham this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's spokesperson confirmed in a statement.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month," the spokesperson said. "Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchessâ€™ mother Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen."
The statement did not specify whether the family would celebrate the holiday at Meghan and Harry's home in Windsor, England or if they would spend it in Los Angeles, where Doria is based.
It's not unusual for royal family members to take a year away from the Queen's festivities at Sandringham to spend Christmas with their other side of the family.
For example, when they aren't with the Queen at Sandringham, Kate Middleton and Prince William spend their holidays with the Middleton family in Bucklebury. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last spent Christmas with the Middletons in 2016, so it's been a couple years. Kensington Palace has not confirmed Kate and William's plans this year yet.
Meghan joined Prince Harry for Christmas in Sandringham last year and in 2017, when she was just engaged to him.
With reporting by Carolyn Durand.
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