Prince Harry may be heading home for the holidays — but a royal fairy-tale, it ain’t.
Her Majesty, 95, is reportedly determined to follow up last year’s quiet pandemic holiday with her cherished tradition of hosting the family at Sandringham, her country estate.
But per a royal source, her beloved grandson won’t have an easy time convincing the Suits actress — who opted out of his last two U.K. trips — to join, nor let their children, Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 5 months, accompany Dad alone.
“Meghan once said she would never set foot in the U.K. again after how she was treated by The Firm,” claims the source. “And no one thinks she would let Archie or Lili out of her sight for even five minutes, so it’s likely Harry would make the trip alone.”
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It’s something the prince has yet to come to terms with. The Duke Of Cambridge, often said to be the queen’s favorite grandchild, “is anxious to heal the [family] rift sooner rather than later,” explains the source, “and he wants his children to spend time with Her Majesty.”
While the prince is “reluctant” to spend the holidays away from his wife, says a source, “he knows how much his grandmother cherishes this time of year.”
He’s also envisioning a cousin get-together with Prince William's three kids — Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, who he shares with wife Kate Middleton — and a chance to finally smooth things over with his once-adored older brother. “He loves and misses William,” says the source. “He doesn’t regret leaving [royal life] and settling in California, but he’s hoping to find a happy medium where there’s no more tension or awkwardness.”
But while the prince’s holidays are gearing up to be more about mending rifts than enjoying the festivities, “he’s determined to be there at Sandringham,” says the source. “He’s still part of the family and always will be.”