Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘not ready’ to return to UK for Christmas | Royal | News (Reports)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have quit royal duties for a new life in America, do not plan to visit during the festive period, the source claimed. It will be the second year Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, have skipped Christmas with the Royal Family.

The source insisted that while Harry and Prince William – who have been the subject of an alleged rift – are on better terms, the brothers are unlikely to reunite in December.

The insider told Vanity Fair: “At this stage they are really enjoying their new life in California and their new home.

“There are currently no plans for them to return to the UK for Christmas.

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“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 royals traditionally join the Queen at Sandringham for Christmas.

Meghan and Harry also missed the festive family gathering last year and instead spent it in Canada with their son Archie.

They went on to reveal bombshell plans in January to step back as senior royals.

The announcement led to the Queen holding crisis talks with Prince Charles, William and Harry to discuss the Sussexes’ future roles.

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A new book, titled Battle of Brothers, by respected royal biographer Robert Lacey makes fresh claims of a rift between William and Harry.

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William was so angry with his younger brother’s behaviour that he refused to have lunch with Harry before the summit held by the Queen at the height of the drama over the Sussexes’ departure from the Royal Family, according to the book.

Harry was left to dine on his own with the monarch ahead of the meeting.

The book, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, says: “William maintained his distance for the Sandringham summit.

“The Queen had suggested the family should gather for lunch before their big pow-wow in the library that afternoon, but he refused his grandmother’s invitation.

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“He would obviously turn up at 2pm for the meeting, he said, but he only wanted to talk business.

“The Prince himself has not confirmed his friends’ speculation that he was so furious with his younger brother that he would not be able to endure the hypocrisy of smiling at him over lunch.”

Royal book Finding Freedom, released earlier this year, claims Harry was left fuming by his older brother’s “snobbish” advice not to rush his romance with Meghan.

The book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand alleges the Sussexes and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were barely speaking by March when Meghan and Harry completed their final royal engagement.

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