HARRY AND Megan will spend Christmas with Megan’s mother Doria Ragland, and not with the royal family at Sandringham.
The couple, along with Ms Ragland and baby Archie, may spend the season in the US or in Windsor.
Speculation was fuelled as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are beginning a six-week break next week, after carrying out a number of engagements early in November and touring Africa in September and October.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said: “The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month.
“Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, their Royal Highnesses will spend the holidays this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.”
The spokesperson added that the decision is in line with the precedent set previously by other members of the royal family, and has the support of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have previously spent the holiday with the Middleton family in Berkshire.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward believes the decision will leave the Queen ‘hurt’. She said: “Christmas at Sandringham can be quite stressful so perhaps they don’t want to go with Archie at such a young age.
“Having said that, Sandringham has played host to many, many children through the ages and is well set up for them.”
ITV presenter Piers Morgan said on Good Morning Britain yesterday: “It is a clear snub to the Queen”