Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending Christmas in Canada with baby Archie, their spokesperson confirmed on Friday, December 20. Buckingham Palace previously confirmed that the couple would not be joining Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family at Sandringham House for their celebrations.
"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are spending private family time in Canada. The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both. For security reasons we will not be releasing any further details and request that their privacy is respected," the spokesperson said in a statement to Us Weekly.
They continued, "The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family. They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son.”
Meghan lived in Toronto while filming her show Suits and her best friend Jessica Mulroney lives there, as does many of her other close pals. When she and Harry first started dating, they would secretly jet back and forth between Toronto and London to see each other.
Meghan and Harry's Christmas destination was largely a mystery up until now. In November, Buckingham Palace announced that they would be skipping the royal family's festivities. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, the couple will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the royal family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen," the statement read.
Meghan and Harry are breaking tradition in more ways than one. They are expected to feature Doria on their annual Christmas card this year.
"Harry and Meghan are said to want to ensure that some of their Christmas card images reflect that Doria is very much part of their family and of Archie's upbringing. It is a break with protocol from traditional royal Christmas cards, which haven't historically included grandparents. For instance, Kate's parents— Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton — have never appeared on any of their Christmas card images," a source told E! News.
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