Kate Middleton news: Duchess and Prince William reach Norfolk home ahead of Tier 4 rules | Royal | News (Reports)

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The news of the Cambridges’ trip comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a set of strict restrictions in a bid to contain the transmission of the virus in southeast England.

Much like most families in the UK, the Royal Family has to decide how to celebrate Christmas while minimising the risk of spreading coronavirus.

While Prince William chose to spend Christmas with his wife and children, the Queen was forced to cancel her traditional royal dinner at Sandringham after previous guidelines stated only a maximum of three households could mix over Christmas.

A royal source told the Mirror: “William and Kate wanted to get out of London to have a proper break over Christmas.

“They were planning to spend it alone regardless of the new restrictions and that certainly won’t change now.

“Like everyone around the country they are hoping for a swift end to the pandemic and wishing for happier times on the horizon when we can all get together with our family and friends.”

But despite the distance, households within the Royal Family will reportedly still be posting gifts to each other.

William and Prince Harry are understood to have sent each other Christmas presents ahead of the holiday fuelling rumours that they have resolved their purported rift.

The Sussexes and the Cambridges have exchanged presents ahead of Christmas Day this year to ensure they are shipped on time, People magazine has reported.

While most members of the Royal Family are in the UK during the festive period, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly celebrate Christmas in the US.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is expected to join them as she did for Thanksgiving last month.

A source told ET Online: “The couple will be spending Christmas at home in California quietly with Archie and Doria joining them.

“Meghan, who is an accomplished cook, will be preparing some of their favourite dishes with Harry and Doria pitching in.”

During the Cambridge’s recent royal tour, William was asked about how they intend to spend the holidays.

He said: “It is so difficult. We are still trying to make plans. It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.”

Earlier this month Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen and Prince Philip will spend the festive period together at Windsor Castle.

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