Harry and William no longer practice forgotten Christmas Eve tradition

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Prince Harry and Prince William now no longer practice their old Christmas Eve tradition, a news report has claimed. According to the report, the royal brothers used to kick off their festive season at Sandringham with the other royals by taking part in a charity football match with friends and staff from the estate.

The game was played on the pitch opposite the 12th-century home of Tory peer Lord Greville Howard.

Over the years, the brothers were spotted playing in some quite poor weather conditions, with William appearing on the pitch in socks from his beloved Aston Villa and Harry being on the end of a tackle that saw him brought to his knees.

However, the tradition was broken in 2016 when neither of them turned up for the match.

It has been reported that William missed out on the match as he was spending Christmas in Berkshire with his wife Kate’s family alongside their young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Lord Howard said at the time: “They were not expected. One does not like to ask why, but they have enjoyed playing in previous years.”

Just hours before the game was due to kick-off, it was revealed that their cousin Zara Tindall had suffered a devastating miscarriage.

The Christmas Eve football tradition has not restarted since and it is unlikely that the matches will resume due to the rift following Megxit. 

This year, William will be spending Christmas at Sandringham with Kate, George, Charlotte and Prince Louis as King Charles hosts the first festive season of his reign.

Meanwhile, Harry is thought to be spending Christmas with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their children, Archie and Lilibet, at their home in California.

In the latest part of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries, Prince Harry spoke about his relationship with the Royal Family and even claimed that Prince William screamed at him.

In 2020, the Duke and Duchess went to Sandringham, the royal estate in Norfolk, to discuss scenarios for the couple’s future role in the Royal Family, with Harry’s father, King Charles – then Prince Charles – as well as his brother and grandmother, the late Queen.

He recalled how the meeting went, claiming: “It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true, and my grandmother quietly sits there and sort of take it all in.”

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Harry also argued that a joint statement was put out after the meeting without his permission in his and his brother’s name.

The statement reportedly denied a story that William had bullied him out of the Royal Family.

He also claimed the move was a “lie to protect my brother”, adding: “There was no other option at this point. I said, ‘we need to get out of here’.”

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