Prince Harry will ‘regret’ burning his bridges as he plans to spend Christmas without the royal family

A royal expert weighs in

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex tours The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 6, 2020
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The Duke of Sussex is set to be “haunted” by the rift that means he’ll spend Christmas without his family, despite it being the Queen’s first without her beloved husband.

Having recently welcomed a daughter into the world, The Duke of Sussex will no doubt revel in his first Christmas as a father-of-two, basking in the Californian sunshine with his wife Meghan Markle.

But, deep down, royal author and expert Duncan Larcombe, has revealed Prince Harry will “regret” not being there for his grandmother as she navigates her first Christmas without Prince Philip.

Having never been one to particularly enjoy Christmas at Sandringham, one of Harry’s fondest memories used to be his “happy hours” with Prince Philip, which “helped forge both William and Harry’s love of the great outdoors”.

So, as the family prepare to mark the first Christmas without Prince Philip, how will Prince Harry be feeling hundreds of miles away?

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe

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Writing in his Woman royal column, Duncan says, “When Harry finally hits the pillow exhausted from a Christmas Day on daddy duty, surely his mind will be taken back to those childhood Christmasses with his brother and grandfather.

“Under his now-familiar public mask, Harry will understandably be haunted by the rift that sees him left out in the cold this Christmas.”

As tensions between Prince Harry and Prince William continue to rumble on, Duncan is convinced the Duke of Sussex may regret some of his actions of the past year—including that tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“The Harry I have known since he was a teenager will regret burning his bridges this year so spectacularly. Deep down he will miss them all as they mark a first Christmas without Prince Philip.”

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final

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Georgia Farquharson
Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."