Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Reportedly Skip Christmas with the Royal Family This Year

Meghan Markle will get to relive a normal Christmas this year, as she and Prince Harry have decided to spend the holiday with the Duchess' mom, Doria Ragland. Of course, Baby Archie will be in tow, as it's set to be an exciting first Christmas for the little boy. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are officially skipping out on the annual royal holiday festivities at Sandringham, which would have included a public walk to church on Christmas morning with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the family. 

The decision to spend Christmas outside of the Palace comes after Meghan Markle had a rough couple of weeks after being the subject of criticism by the press and the public alike. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen to the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen to the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

A Non-Royal Christmas Celebration

It won't be a sad Christmas for Doria Ragland this year, who won't have to spend it alone as her daughter, Prince Harry, and grandson Archie are set to join her in her home. 

The non-royal holiday was approved by Her Majesty The Queen herself, and while their official statement did not include their destination, the family will most likely spend it in Los Angeles where Doria currently resides. 

Meghan's Royal Christmas Experiences

The 38-year-old experienced her first royal Christmas back in 2017, just shortly after she and Prince Harry announced their engagement. Likewise, when she was pregnant with Archie, Meghan joined Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry during Christmas 2018 festivities. 

Sussex Royal's Christmas with Meghan's side of the family isn't the first time a royal family skipped out on festivities, as Kate and William previously enjoyed Christmas 2016 with Kate's family. Prince George and Prince Charlotte were then seen attending a church service near Kate's childhood home in Bucklebury.

Meghan's Struggle with British Media 

The decision to spend Christmas outside of the Palace comes after Meghan Markle had a rough couple of weeks after being the subject of criticism by the press and the public alike. Criticism against the Duchess became so widespread, that even the likes of Hillary Clinton had to step in. 

If anyone could handle media scrutiny, it's Hillary Clinton. Now that Meghan Markle is personally struggling with the scrutiny of British media, she decided to speak up about it, saying: "Oh my God, I want to hug her!"

Hillary Clinton's Empathy Towards Markle

Showing support for Markle, the former First Lady says she feels a lot of empathy for her and the life she lives as a British royal. 

"It's one thing to be told what it'll be like when you step onto the biggest stage with the brightest spotlight, joining the royal family, becoming president or first lady and his family in our country and yet it's still really hard to imagine."

The Hardships of Living Under the Spotlight

Acknowledging that not everything reported on the Internet is true, Clinton adds that it's difficult getting used to having your every move watched and ridiculed. 

"It takes some getting used to have your every move scrutinized and analyzed and, frankly things made up about."

Regardless of what's been happening, Clinton wished the Duke and Duchess of Sussex the best as she sees they are currently struggling to live a meaningful life with integrity, which they hope they can establish in their own terms. 

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