- In spite of earlier reports suggesting they planned to return to the United Kingdom for Christmas, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly stay in California for the holidays this year.
- A source close to the couple told Vanity Fair that they have "no plans" to go back to the U.K. this year and are "really enjoying their new life in California and their new home."
- The COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions are only part of the reason the reason the Sussexes plan to stay in the United States for the holidays. Apparently, Harry's strained relationship with this brother, Prince William, is also a factor.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) won't be celebrating Christmas with the rest of the royal family this year, apparently.
A source close to the couple told Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) that the Sussexes don't have any plans to fly back to the United Kingdom for the holidays this year, in spite of earlier reports suggesting they hoped to (opens in new tab) do just that.
"At this stage they are really enjoying their new life in California and their new home," the source explained. "There are currently no plans for them to return to the U.K. for Christmas."
Part of the reason behind the Sussexes' (opens in new tab) holiday plans is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made transatlantic travel complicated at best. But, according to the Vanity Fair source, the pandemic isn't the only reason Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) decided not to make the trip back to the U.K. this holiday season. Apparently, Harry's ongoing rift with his brother, Prince William (opens in new tab), also played a role.
"Let’s just say that while things are better between Harry and his brother, it’s not what it was, and I don’t think anyone is ready for a cozy family Christmas right now," the source added.
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
March 9, 2020
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October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).
January 30, 2019
Meghan Markle visits the National Theatre wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress and blazer, a Carolina Herrera clutch, and Aquazzura pumps (opens in new tab).