The Queen was crushed to learn she would only be able to spend Christmas with two other royal households due to the coronavirus rules this year. However, the Monarch has come up with a ingenius plan “to get around those two household rules” according to 9Honey’s Natalie Oliveri. She explained the Queen will use the Boxing Day hunt to spend the festive period with her extended family – and even get to see William and Kate.
Ms Oliveri explained: “It is going to be very different this year.
“Normally, Christmas would be celebrated at Sandringham in Norfolk, just a few hours out of London.
“The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Wessex, Prince Andrew and Fergie would all be there. But, none of that will take place as normal this year.
“The Queen is only allowed to have two other royal households with her on Christmas Day.”
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She continued: “It sounds like she has picked Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and their two children.
“Prince Charles and Camilla could also be invited. But then that’s it. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to face the axe this year.
“If the children do go, they have been told they are not allowed to hug the Queen.
“They are not allowed to hug Prince Phillip and that would be really, really hard. They are 94 and 99 years old after all.
Ms Oliveri said the hunt was “something that Meghan Markle really struggled with when she joined the Royal Family”.
She added: “Meghan really didn’t like it, and it caused a lot of tension when she spent Christmas there.”
Last week, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed the Queen and Prince Philip will not make their traditional trip to Sandringham Estate for Christmas.
Instead the pair have opted to stay in Windsor Castle over the holidays for the first time in 33 years.