Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may not be joining their fellow royals for the holidays. Instead, the couple might cross the waters to be with the former actress' mom.
According to Vanity Fair, Markle, 38, and Harry, 35, intend to take a six-week sabbatical in lieu of any royal duties for the remainder of the year. Their last appearance together would have been Remembrance Day.
The outlet reported that the pair will go to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, but are expected to spend Christmas in Norfolk with the rest of the royal family.
However, Mirror reports that the couple's US visit could be extended to last the entirety of the holidays. It would be part of spending family time together with six-month-old son Archie who's set to have his first Christmas.
According to Mirror, Harry will make a final appearance at the inaugural OnSide Awards in the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. A source says they'll travel to the US and have not yet said when they'll return.
The source added: "It’s too early to tell exactly what they will end up doing, they haven’t decided." The impression is that there's a good chance they'll indeed remain in the US.
Meanwhile, a source from The Sun said the pair "needed to recharge their batteries" and will likely be in the US for Christmas. Still, nothing is confirmed.
If the couple does stay in Los Angeles for the season, it will be only the second time Harry celebrates the holiday away from Norfolk. The last time was reportedly in 2012.
Recently, talk of a whole new base for the couple arose. California, South Africa, and other locations came up as suggestions for where Markle and Harry might have a second home.
The pair already travel regularly between the two nations, so a permanent second based would be no surprise. The news of their US trip also follows Markle's emotional interview last month.
In a rare clip of the duchess, Markle appeared to fight tears when asked if she was ok mentally. She explained that it's a struggle to be a new mom. Plus, a lot of scrutiny and pressure from the public.
"It's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes," Markle admitted. She thanked Tom Bradby for asking the question which she said not many do. Then, she agreed that she was "not really ok." Sounds like Markle really does need a break.