Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Spending the Holiday Season in Canada with Baby Archie
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are spending their first Christmas as a family of three in Canada with baby Archie. The royal couple is seemingly hoping for some private time after a controversial couple of months.
As with every season, the British royal family has Christmas traditions. This year, however, Harry and Meghan are forgoing those traditions for some family time with their seven-month-old son.
A royal spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed to Insider on Saturday that they are already "spending private family time in Canada."
Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, however, may miss the festivities as he was admitted to a London hospital
"The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both," the statement continued. Meghan lived in Canada for years as an actress while filming the TV series "Suits."
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On this day, two years ago: 27th of November 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the news of their engagement, later becoming Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! They have since celebrated their wedding anniversary and welcomed their son, Archie, into the world ❤️ • Photo © PA / Alexi Lubomirski / Chris Allerton © SussexRoyal
The royal statement added:
"The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family. They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son."
According to PEOPLE, it was previously revealed that Harry and Meghan would take about six weeks off toward the end of the year to spend time together as a family amid the intense scrutiny they've endured so far.
Meghan, a former American actress, seemed to have been faced with hostility upon her entrance into British royalty. Things came to a head earlier this year after she and Harry were criticized for everything from their son's christening to their use of private jets.
Excl: #princeharry & Meghan flew to Nice last Wednesday for hol in S of France. Their trip has provoked criticism as they took another private jet: Harry’s 5th trip by PJ (as he calls them) in just over 2 weeks, after he’s called for climate change action.https://t.co/tHmUMNwMTw— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) August 17, 2019
The couple recently opened up about the impact of the scrutiny in a moving documentary titled "Harry and Meghan: An African Journey." Even that bit of exposition sparked a backlash from non-fans.
It's no surprise, then, that Harry and Meghan are choosing to skip the royal traditions. They will not be participating in the public walk to church on Christmas morning or in the gift exchange over tea on Christmas Eve.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month," Buckingham Palace had said in a November statement.
"Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess' mother Doria Ragland," it added.
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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 en route to the other countries. The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with a tweet, wishing their family "a quiet and blessed stay in Canada. You're among friends, and always welcome here."
According to Insider, Harry and Meghan's decision is not unprecedented. Prince William and Kate Middleton reportedly spent Christmas 2016 with her family in Berkshire.
Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we’re all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada. You’re among friends, and always welcome here.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 21, 2019
Meanwhile, this year, the rest of the royal family is getting ready for Christmas as usual, CBS News reported. Kensington Palace recently released a four-generation photo of the Queen and her family members bonding over a traditional Christmas pudding.
Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, however, may miss the festivities as he was admitted to a London hospital on Friday. He is expected to be there for a few days.