Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in US, says Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry won't spend Christmas with the Queen and will celebrate it in the US.

The Palace has tonight issued a statement to confirm reports the couple will not spend the festive period with the Royal Family as is tradition.

Instead the pair will snub the annual stay with the Queen at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk and spend it across the pond in California.

The Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their baby son Archie, will celebrate Christmas with Meghan's mum Doria Ragland.

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The Palace said in a statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month.

"Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, (the couple) will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria."

"This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen."

"For security reasons, the Palace will not be sharing further details on Harry and Meghan's holiday schedule."

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The statement also confirms reports the Sussexes will jet off to America to start their long break at the end of this month.

A Palace spokesman described the break as "extended family time", following the pair's recent bombshell interview as they revealed their struggles.

The spokesman added that Meghan and Harry's decision to spend Christmas away from the royals "has the support of Her Majesty The Queen", according to ITV's royal editor Chris Ship.

The recent interview in an ITV documentary following the pair's tour of Africa saw Meghan appear to nearly break down in tears as she admitted she is "not OK".

She spoke about how she has struggled to cope with the recent criticism of her from the press and public, while Harry also admitted it had been a struggle.

The Duke also confirmed in the interview the long-running rumours of a rift between him and his brother William, saying the pair have been on "different paths".

Harry and Meghan have spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, with this year set to be their first away from the Royal Family and with the Markle clan instead.

Prince William and Kate Middleton themselves spent Christmas away from the Royal Family in 2012 and 2016, spending it with Kate's parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

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