Christmas this year will be a little different for the royal family as it will mark their first holiday season without Queen Elizabeth.
This year, the British royal family will reunite for the first time in two years after spending Christmas separately because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first holiday King Charles and Queen Camilla will organize under their new title. A former palace employee said Everybody, “It will be difficult, because the Queen is all they know, like most of England.” And a former employee of the queen added, “The first year is the hardest, as it’s always the first year of everything that you notice.”
This year, the family will once again gather at their Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, the hometown where the former monarch has traditionally spent the winter. It is said that the king’s siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Prince Andrewand all their families will come home for Christmas, as well as Prince Williamhis wife Princess Kate, and their three young children. King Charles will also make his first Christmas broadcast, a holiday tradition in which he is expected to reflect on his mother’s death. And the former palace employee confirmed that this year’s speech is sure to “resonate with so many people who have lost loved ones this year.” The family will also uphold a number of other holiday traditions initiated by the queen, including gag gift exchanges on Christmas Eve and walks to the local church on Christmas morning.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle however, is not expected to come with family to the UK for Christmas, in an episode of their Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan, the Duke of Sussex reflected on the affection he had for the estate. “I have very fond memories of Sandringham – that’s where we spent every Christmas – and now I’ve been back there under very different circumstances,” Harry recalled going there to see her, father and brother after deciding to leave Sandringham. retire from her role as a high-ranking royal.
In January, Harry also plans to release his memoirs, Additional, which he had previously delayed publishing out of respect for the passing of his grandmother. Many in the monarchy are preparing for a media storm equal to the surrounding the Sussexes oprah interview, but according to another close royal insider, “It’s not that simple and obvious.” They added, “Some problems [Meghan and Harry] raised is important, and I think both sides can recognize that.” They also note that there could be a lot of positive change emerging from all of this, but that “will only happen if there is a dialogue.”
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