Prince Harry ‘fed up and needs Meghan to compromise’ over Christmas

Prince Harry ‘fed up and needs Meghan to compromise’ over Christmas


As the countdown to Christmas begins, the Royal Family will surely be excited to be heading to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. And while we can expect the whole clan to gather together, it is not expected that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the family.

While this is the case, a source has told OK! that an invitation was extended to the couple but that Prince Harry and Meghan are said to be divided over locations – causing a potential Christmas crisis for the couple.

“Although they haven’t visited Sandringham since 2018, an invitation has been extended to them in previous years, bar the Covid years,” the source said. “It was made clear to them that the door is always open at big royal family occasions for the children’s sake.”

However, Harry was not invited to the King’s 75th birthday celebrations in London this week according to his representative. Our source said he had resigned himself to staying away from festive family get-togethers until he patches things up with his brother and father. But he still has his heart set on being in the UK with close friends.

In their Netflix documentary Harry And Meghan, Harry admitted he missed “the weird family gatherings when we’re all brought together under one roof for certain times of the year”.

Our source said, “Harry always enjoyed large family Christmases. It’s a shame that his children will miss out on the fun. He used to say that nobody could celebrate Christmas like the Windsors. He experienced that festive togetherness for his entire life until his move to America and he really misses it.

“The Christmas plans are causing a bit of tension because he’s fed up with being away from everyone during key milestones.”

Relationship expert Louella Alderson told us it would be no surprise if the couple’s Christmas arrangements were a cause of strain.

“Given that Harry and Meghan have spent the last four Christmases outside of the UK, it’s understandable that Harry may want to return home for the holidays,” she said. “It’s also unsurprising that the conversation surrounding their plans might be causing tension between him and Meghan. Many couples struggle to agree on this matter.”

Louella, co-founder of dating app, added, “It’s even more complicated when couples come from different countries, with different ways of doing things.

"After so many years away, Harry could be feeling nostalgic, longing for the familiar traditions he grew up with. He might also want his children to experience a holiday in the UK to balance out the American traditions they’ve been exposed to.”

Strained relations between the Sussexes and the royal family are unlikely to stop Harry from yearning to return home for Christmas, said Louella, but Meghan’s reluctance was to be expected.

“It’s still Harry’s home, but after Meghan’s negative experience in the UK, it’s natural that she may want to distance herself and spend quality time with the people she loves,” she said. “Any feelings of anger and negativity she harbours should be taken into consideration and respected by Harry as they plan their Christmas together.”

Relationships are all about give and take, said Louella, so Harry and Meghan need to take into account each other’s point of view.

“Harry has compromised a lot for Meghan in the past few years, so he may feel like spending Christmas in the UK is a small request in comparison to what he has given up,” she said.

“If Meghan is unable or unwilling to compromise, it could lead to tension between them. It’s important for them both to view their Christmas plans from each other’s perspective and find a solution that makes them both happy.”

As for how Christmas will be spent at Sandringham, there are many traditions which stretch back to the Royal Family's German roots. For decades, they have continued to follow the festive tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve – but that isn't the only way members of the family honour their historic ties.

Speaking ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's death, royal expert Robert Jobson told The Express: “On Christmas Eve when all the clan are together, the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren put the finishing touches to the 20ft Christmas tree in the White Drawing Room.

“Presents will be opened that day at tea time as the royals still keep to the German practise of opening their gifts on Christmas Eve.”

He continued: “Gifts are laid out in the Red Drawing Room on a white linen-covered trestle table, with cards marking exactly where the piles of gifts should be put. Once everyone has arrived, the royal guests enjoy a traditional Christmas that includes putting the finishing touches on the Christmas tree and the giving of cheap and humorous gifts.”

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