By Emma Dooney
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to bring baby Lilibet back to the UK for Christmas, a royal source has revealed.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to return to the UK this Christmas for a long-awaited Royal Family reunion.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who recently welcomed their second child, Lilibet, are reportedly keen for the Queen to meet her great-granddaughter in the flesh.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly planning a festive Christmas vacation in Britain, where they can finally introduce their daughter to the Queen in person.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their second child, Lilibet, in June, but have yet to bring the newborn to England to meet her great-grandmother in the flesh. While the Duke has made two visits to the UK over the past year—the first for Prince Philip's funeral in April and the second for Princess Diana's statue unveiling in July—he has not been back on home turf with his wife or children since the couple's high-profile emigration to America in early 2020.
However, with Covid restrictions finally lifting, it looks like a face-to-face with Her Majesty could be on the cards sooner rather than later.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the Queen is excited for a proper reunion with the controversial couple this holiday season. Now that several months have passed since Meghan and Harry's bombshell claims against the Royal Family in their Oprah interview, it's hoped that the tension between the estranged relatives will have eased by the time December rolls around.
"Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity," Nicholl told Closer magazine. "There may be a softening, which could pave the way for healing of the family rift."
The scoop comes just a few days after the news of Prince Charles's heartbreak over never having met baby Lilibet was revealed. The Prince of Wales is reportedly "incredibly sad" that he has not held the Queen's eleventh great-grandchild and is said to be desperate to amend this.
"It’s certainly what the Queen wants. Prince Charles would like to see his grandchildren. A meet-up suggests they hope to move on and sort things out," Nicholl added.
"When Harry and Meghan left, they made it clear they didn’t want to give up their home in Britain. They still have Frogmore Cottage and their plan was to come back to the UK."
How does the Royal Family celebrate Christmas?
The Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas together at Sandringham House, the Queen's idyllic Norfolk estate.
Christmas Eve is usually celebrated with lots of festive games, gift exchanges, and of course, delicious food. The annual holiday is known as a time for the aristocratic family to let their hair down away from the glare of the media and refresh in the comfort of the luxurious retreat after a busy year. It's even been rumored that Prince Harry and Prince William like to play a friendly game of football against Sandringham staff before joining the rest of the family in the manor's plush saloon for afternoon tea at 4pm. Presents are also exchanged on the 24th, in line with a German tradition introduced by Prince Albert in the 1800s.
Christmas Day commences with a hearty breakfast followed by an 11am service at St. Magdalene's Church, the Royal Family's private chapel. After posing for photographers in their finest seasonal attire, the family reconvenes at the main house for celebratory drinks and some much-needed catch-ups.
An extravagant six-course Christmas lunch, complete with tealights, crackers, and wine, is served at 1pm sharp. The menu, which is often written in French, is jam-packed with classic festive foods—including turkey, mashed and roast potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, carrots, and parsnips.
The meal is finished off with a spectacular lighting of a brandy-soaked pudding and a round of tea and coffees. After clearing their plates, the family takes some time to digest and relax. They regroup once again at 8pm for another stomach-bursting feast, which typically includes a host of old-fashioned meats like boar's head, ox tongue, and game, and sides like creamy potatoes and sliced tomatoes. Now that's what we call a Christmas dinner.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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