Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry reportedly do not plan on returning to the UK in December which would make it the second year the couple have missed Christmas with the Royal Family. Last year, the Sussexes were said to have spent the festive holidays with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland and their son Archie in Canada.
Before last year, the couple spent every Christmas since their engagement in 2017 at the Sandringham Estate with the Queen.
A source 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.”
The source suggested that the Sussexes may not be returning due to Prince Harry and Prince William’s reported fallout.
The source added: “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 cosy family Christmas right now.”
It comes after royal biographer, Robert Lacey, announced the release of his new book, Battle of the Brothers.
Mr Lacey’s book depicts the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William.
The author told the Daily Mail: “When I started to look into this supposed feud between the two princes, I didn’t believe it.
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“If this breach between the brothers is not healed in some way it will come to stand with the Abdication crisis and the death of Diana as one of the traumas that changed the monarchy.
“There is time to change things in a positive direction, but at the moment the Palace is not working in that direction.”
In September, the Sussexes announced that they signed a multi-year production deal with the online streaming giant Netflix.
The couple hope to create content which “informs but also gives hope”.
The announcement came after the Sussexes stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family to become more independent earlier this year.
In a statement about the Netflix deal, the couple said: “Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit, of courage, resilience and the need for connection.
“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.
“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”
Soon after announcing the production deal, the Sussexes revealed they intended to fully pay back the £2.4million used to renovate their UK home, Frogmore Cottage.
Money from the Sovereign Grant was used to refurbish the Windsor home.