VF: The Sussexes will not return to the UK in December for a royal Christmas

Royals Xmas Day church

I’m already feeling agitated about what is going to happen around Thanksgiving and Christmas this year with the pandemic. Are we just… not going to see much of our elderly relatives at all? Will no one travel for the holidays? These are not just peasant concerns, they’re also affecting the Windsors too. Queen Elizabeth has been in a secure bubble since late March, mostly at Windsor Castle, but she also made people travel to Balmoral for no reason whatsoever over the summer. The bubble around the Queen is showing signs of strain, and we recently heard that staffers are in revolt over the idea of staying in the bubble over Christmas, as opposed to getting to see their families. Not only that, but the Royal Christmas at Sandringham will likely be cancelled altogether. So…is it even surprising to learn that Prince Harry and Meghan will likely not make the journey to England this Christmas?

According to reports, the queen may be unable to host her traditional festive break at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where the family gathers every year, because of the COVID pandemic. Royal household staff are said to be in revolt over plans for them to work in a “bubble” and in shifts around the monarch’s timetable because of how it will affect their own family Christmases. However, one thing is certain: Wherever the queen spends Christmas, she won’t be joined by her grandson Prince Harry and his family, who have told friends they are “not ready” to head back to the U.K. for a festive family reunion.

According to a source close to the duke, Harry and Meghan have no plans to return to the U.K. in December, meaning they will miss a royal Christmas for the second year running. Last year they were overseas in Canada, where they started planning their departure from the royal family, and it has been nearly a year since the queen has seen her great-grandson Archie, although the Sussexes reportedly regularly speak to the queen on video calls.

“At this stage they are really enjoying their new life in California and their new home,” says a well-placed source. “There are currently no plans for them to return to the U.K. for Christmas.”

While the pandemic is seriously restricting transatlantic travel, friends of the Sussexes believe the real reason they won’t be in the U.K. for Christmas is because they know a family reunion would be tense after the fallout of the “Fab Four.”

“Let’s just say that while things are better between Harry and his brother, it’s not what it was, and I don’t think anyone is ready for a cozy family Christmas right now,” adds the source.

While the brothers have made an effort to speak more to each other, reconnecting when their father, the Prince of Wales, was sick with COVID-19, and touching base on family birthdays, they remain largely distant after falling out over Meghan.

[From Vanity Fair]

“They remain largely distant after falling out over Meghan…” Ah, Meghan-as-Yoko. She broke up the brothers, it’s all her fault! That story is so played out. Anyway, yeah, I doubt the Sussexes will go to England for Christmas, but I bet it has more to do with the pandemic than anything else, actually. They don’t want to travel internationally with Archie when he’s so little and the pandemic is still happening. And what would be the point, given that Sandringham Christmas is probably cancelled and the Queen will only have Angela Kelly to wash her floors. *giggle*

The British Royal family arrive at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas Day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exit The Royal Albert Hall

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  1. Mignionette says:


    I howled lol.

    This story has become so played out I just side eye all the clowns involved.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      They actually call her Woke O Ono. I love that they ascribe all this power to her. The queen has numerous other grandchildren and great grandchildren. Let them hold the fort.

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        Absolutely!! It must be incredible for Meghan to have all of this power that she unknowingly has! If she had it, she would have voted Wilileaks OFF of the island! Send him and a Keen to Africa!!
        Also, who are all of these “friends” of H&M that they are speaking too? Is it coming to them from their tin foil hats

    • BayTampaBay says:

      This is all about the pandemic. The British Media is just using this played out storyline to keep the Sussexes name in front of the public to generate Comment$ and Click$ for Revenue$.

      No one in their right mind would attempt to travel from continent to continent unless it was a matter of live and/or death.

      Also, I think the UK is in some sort of lockdown where you can not have more that six family members in one house at any given time.

  2. What eating you says:

    That’s not surprising but you know people like Piss Morgan and Chris Shipwreck will try to make a scandal out of this. There is a pandemic that’s still raging and if memory serves me right isn’t the UK having a spike in cases right now? Also I won’t be surprised if we don’t see the Sussex’s at the annual Christmas walk for a while, I wouldn’t even be surprised if we don’t see them next year either.

    • Mignionette says:

      Sadly M&H will cop it big time come Christmas for one reason only BREXIT.

      With no Brexit deal in sight, Corona and mass confusion re border checks and how Brexit will pan out etc, the right wing media will be briefed to return to M&H bashing.

      I think they know and they’re ready for it. Hope they release their first Netflix offering around this time so that racists all over the UK can really explode this Christmas…..

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        Mignonette You are absolutely right. I believe the Tory government uses Harry and Meghan to deflect from their missteps also, it’s not just the ‘royals’. Right now the big story is there was a technical glitch and we now have thousands more Covid cases than previously thought but most outlets are talking about this book and how Harry and Meghan didn’t have what it takes for royal work! Gmafb!

      • Mignionette says:

        @Bohemian Angel – it used to be Andy and Fergie who were used to deflence hence by Bill is so incandescent. He has lost his human shield for Rose Bush trips….

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      @ What Eating You, Piss Morgan Chris Shipwreck🤣🤣🤣
      You just made my day!! Thank you!!!

  3. Becks1 says:

    Of course they’re not going back for Christmas. I doubt they would have, even without the pandemic, but as things stand, they’re definitely not going back. Harry’s probably excited to have a warm Christmas day, lol.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Maybe he’ll still change into multiple casual outfits throughout the day, though, for tradition. And on boxing day he and Archie can wander the estate pointing out birds and small critters.

      • Lady D says:

        Into the bathing suit, out of the bathing suit, into the bathing suit, out of the bathing suit. Takes care of four of the five changes. Throw in a diaper change and the tradition’s taken care of:)

      • bettyrose says:

        Sounds about right, but no one wants to sit down for a nice dinner in wet swim swear. I bet they have those super plush robes like you get in nice hotels. Oooh, and slippers.

      • Chris says:

        Don’t forget that the kids don’t even get to sit at the diner tables with the adults. The Royal Children eat at the nursery with the nannies! That means they would not even have seen baby Archie! How cold is that! Isn’t Christmas about the children??
        By the way, this story was written by the Queen of story making aka Kathie Nichols! She has no access to the Sussex, and is known to get all her royal stories from her own imagination. With the Pandemic, we all know that the Sussexes will not travel, also the Queen will not have her family over for the holidays, unless she wants to die soon!

    • Nic919 says:

      They shouldn’t be going back for Christmas because travelling internationally to potentially expose elderly relatives is very stupid. Of course this is because of the pandemic. If anything happened to Phil or the Queen they would arrest Meghan for murder. (Not serious, but not super far fetched).

      It’s bad enough that the rest of the family in the UK has been meeting different people without masks and could easily put them at risk as well.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      I definitely think Harry will enjoy not having to engage in all that performative nonsense. Man, can you imagine having to live like that for the most of your life? Privilege in many ways these people, but their existence makes me cringe thinking of the blandness of it all.

  4. Merricat says:

    Why would they WANT to go back? Why would they take Archie into that house of emotional plague?

  5. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    I’m sure they’re more than overjoyed to be spending their first Christmas in their new home with Doria in attendance. And I don’t think they’d travel back for this one even w/out a pandemic (cue all the Fail wailing about how this could be Petty’s and Crypt-Keeper’s last Xmas! Ohhhh the humanity!

    • S808 says:

      They now have huge estate to host friends and found family. Going back to the UK wouldn’t even be a question.

  6. S808 says:

    Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, why would they go back to that hellhole?

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Imagine having to act happy around people you know are taking notes and are eager to spill to the nearest tabloids just as soon as they can slip away from granny. Tabloids who will then take the most simple thing and turn it into a way to smear Meghan. She dropped her fork at dinner. Next day’s headline, Meghan throw her fork at Kate and the queen had to take her aside and scold her thus ruining the holiday for all.

  7. LittlePenguin says:

    I don’t blame them and I am glad they have made this choice!

    Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming weekend. Although our numbers are ‘ok’ relative to some other places, we are starting to see spikes. So, watch the Canadian numbers starting late next week.

    • Nic919 says:

      Sadly I don’t think many people understand the social circle thing. The 10 people are only supposed to interact with each other, not just 10 people in a group. Plus kids who go to school are potentially being exposed to other people and those who work outside the home same thing… it is better to be overly cautious than not if you have relatives over 65.

  8. Elizabeth Regina says:

    Hmm let me see. Christmas in a beautiful home over looking the sea or a Christmas spent in cold, wet, blighty with a failed father who married his mistress, i.e. the woman who gave your mother a horrible time, a surly, jealous Cain of a brother and his mean girl wife who leak like a faucet to the press,, an alleged paedo uncle and his retinue of women, a grandma who lets her maid make major decisions concerning you and a racist grandpa in miserable draughty rooms?

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      @ Elizabeth Regina, I think you covered all of the bases for us, thank you!!

    • Bettyrose says:

      Speaking as a California resident who lives in a house the size of one of their walk in closets, I actually love xmas time in England..it’s just cold enough for cute coats but not miserably cold. The gloom is perfect weather for hiking the moors. And all my gothic fantasies come alive. Siiiggghhh. If only H, M, & A could go incognito and enjoy the non royal pleasures of Blighty.

      • Jaded says:

        Me too…I loved the couple of Christmas’s I spent in England. There’s something very Charles Dickens-ish about it. I spent one Christmas in a gorgeous old hotel that used to belong to Edward VII’s mistress Lily Langtree. You could just “feel” the history oozing out of the walls.

      • L4frimaire says:

        California resident here too. Not exactly the same but I’ve spent many Christmases in Ireland and it has a more festive air, especially with the cold weather, and everyone seems to take 2 weeks off, unlike in the US. Also love going to Panto shows, which seems to be the thing over there, the way the Nutcracker ballet is in the States. Been to the Caribbean for a few Christmas as well and it’s definitely a different, more relaxed vibe from cold weather XMas.

      • Florence says:

        @Jaded that sounds amazing – I’m a relative of Lillie’s through one side of my family but have never been to that hotel (presumably the one in boscombe?)

        Before anyone asks, no I do not intend to carry on the family tradition of becoming a mistress to the FFK 😉 Leave that to Rose, haha

    • Tealie says:

      I’d be like Knives out lol!

  9. Sofia says:

    Another “well duh” article. The BRF themselves might not even being able to come to Sandrigham if the “no more than 6” rule stays until Christmas (although, if they really wanted to break it, they’ve got enough sycophants who would try and justify it) so why would the ones who live an ocean away and would be subjected to the 2 week quarantine rule come?

    If they both (or Harry) really missed the UK enough, they would have come back, and gone through the quarantine if they were desperate

    • L4frimaire says:

      If the Sussexes come, which is doubtful, the Cambridges will probably head to the Middletons. They’ll have the excuse that Kate’s family were being papped all over. St. Barts last year and will be Louis first XMas with Carol and co, and the press will spin it in some cheesy sentimental way. It will be an absolutely miserable holiday for the Sussexes if they have to head back there.

  10. Jessica says:

    Sussexes. Normalizing not spending holidays with people who actively don’t like you just b/c they’re family. I love them.

  11. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    How could they not want to change eight times a day and watch Kate push a green bean round her plate for three hours?

    -Re: staff … the old bag could always wait on herself for once. But she’ll probably kick the bucket and M&H will be blamed. Doesn’t matter that she’s already older than the Ark: it’ll still be their fault.

    • Nic919 says:

      William and Kate will go to the Middletons this year and the media won’t say half as much as the whining about this.

    • Lizzie says:

      Let her grandson, whose giant photo she displayed last Christmas, come over and cook her dinner and clean up after. That is what we did for my gran. That should be their new traditions. Give the staff the holiday off and take care of grandmother.

  12. Lenn says:

    Sigh, i miss Meghan.

  13. fluffy_bunny says:

    It’s not that there’s a pandemic going on and the staff is threatening to revolt and Christmas is going to cancelled but it’s actually H&M fault that Christmas 2020 will suck. Glad we got the facts straight. I hope the Sussexes have a beautiful Christmas and make their own holiday traditions that they follow for many years to come.

  14. Lizzie says:

    I may forgive Charles a whole lot if he and Camilla quietly come to visit California on Christmas.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      That would make my day.

      It will not happen as C&C are not stupid enough to try and travel to the USA during a pandemic and also they would not punish their staff by taking them away from England & their families at Christmas time.

    • Ebony Rising says:

      That’s all it would take for you to forget that Charles remained blissfully silent along with everyone else as his someone launched a racist attack on his two day old grandson and that he did nothing as his oldest son bullied his younger son and his wife out of town? All would be forgiven just like that?!

      • Tealie says:

        LOL literally, he wouldn’t get any forgiveness for me I personally hope he never sees Archie again but that’s just me.

    • Tealie says:

      I didn’t I wouldn’t because it just be a PR opportunity for him ‘Prince Charles forced to go to talk with Harry on a COVID ridden plane in the midst of a pandemic‘ 🙄🙄

  15. Other Renee says:

    If they were to return to the U.K. for Christmas, the headlines would scream about how selfish they were for traveling during a pandemic and possibly infecting the Queen especially if they traveled via commercial airlines. If they traveled by private jet, the headlines would be screaming about the cost blah blah blah strip them of their titles. 🤷‍♀️

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Yeah, the media will be attacking them no matter what this coming holiday season. They attack them everyday and will just ramp it up over the holiday assuming we all make it to the end of 2020.

    • Figment says:

      If and when they return to the UK… they could do it travelyst style. All the headlines would be about their trip back anyway so why not promote it.

  16. Marleigh says:

    I may have missed this but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone mention that Harry is not a US citizen so he may not be let back into the country if he were to fly to the UK. Yes, strings could probably be pulled to get him back in the country but I could also see the royal family pulling strings for him not to be allowed back in the US until the travel restrictions are lifted.

  17. BnLurkN4eva says:

    I hated that hat in the top picture when she first wore it, but it’s apparently grown on me because it looks just fine to me now.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Same. A lot of her royal looks that were a bit meh at first, have grown on me, like the trench dresses and that sack like dress she wore to the mosque in Cape Town. I kinda like the poop emoji hat as well. It would be cute in another color. Don’t @me, lol 😝. Still hate the berets.

      • Tealie says:

        I agree I much preferred her pre-royal style with brighter colours and chicer fits, but I guess she was just trying to fit in.

    • Ellen Olenska says:

      I wonder if she stomped on all her hats when she got to the US…. 😂 “ Take that royal protocol! And take those stupid tights too! “

  18. L4frimaire says:

    Nicholls is at it again I see. Yes the pandemic is still raging and it will not get better in the winter, that’s for sure, so doubtful the Sussexes will be there for Christmas, and they’ll have to quarantine anyway. Another reason I’m a bit skeptical because once again Nicholls is trotting out the brothers are getting on better narrative, when we all see how pissed and jealous Will is about Harry’s Netflix deal and has decided to become a reality tv documentarian, Netflix film promoter in response. The Sussexes may head back to the U.K., because of Meghan’s copyright trial,but who knows. Also, if they did return for XMas, that would dominate the newscycle and the other royals couldn’t stand that.

  19. Mariane says:

    Lol I was right on the money! I said they will do this once we’re nearer to Christmas. Just last week they printed a story about harry being “eager” to go back to UK and how he was missing lizzy and now this. I bet next theyll say that lizzy blocked them from returning or something. They’ll print anything just to use the sussexs for clickbait. The fact that the anti Harry article got a thousand more comments on DM is clue to how little intrest even daily fail members have for the keenbridges. They overused the kids and I doubt people will care about their Christmas photos