Kate and William will give Christmas presents to Archie and Lili despite royal rift

Harry and Meghan didn't 'play the game' with Archie says expert

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Royal author Katie Nicholl said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give presents to the whole family including Archie, two, and Lili, who was born in June. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are living in California with their two children after quitting royal duties last year.

Brothers William and Harry have been at the centre of an ongoing rift.

Asked if Archie and Lili will receive presents from the Cambridges, Ms Nicholl told OK! magazine: “Yes, of course.

“They give gifts to the whole family and that includes all of their nieces and nephews.”

Members of the Royal Family traditionally join the Queen at her Sandringham estate for Christmas Day.

The royals are usually out in force on December 25 for a morning church service.

It has not been confirmed what the Sussexes are doing for Christmas this year.

Speculation has been high over whether they will return to Britain for the festive period.

However, the new Omicron variant of coronavirus could make this less likely.

Last month Page Six reported that Harry and Meghan have no plans to travel to the UK for Christmas.

A source told the US media outlet: “There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff know that Harry and Meghan are not coming.

“If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.

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“But this is Her Majesty’s first Christmas without her husband, so one would have hoped they would want to be with her.”

Royal fans will be hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and maybe even Prince Louis on Christmas Day.

George and Charlotte stepped out with William and Kate for church in 2019.

Last year, the traditional outing in the morning on Christmas Day did not take place due to the Covid pandemic.

Huge crowds of well-wishers usually gather at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham to see the royals.

This year is the Queen’s first Christmas without her beloved husband Prince Philip.

The monarch, 95, has been on doctors’ orders to rest after spending a night in hospital in October.

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