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Meghan and Harry’s Sandringham Christmas snub was ‘extraordinary slight’ against Queen

Meghan and Harry going to Canada seemed 'an extraordinary slight'

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This year the Sussexes will reportedly spend Christmas at their Santa Barbara home in Montecito, where they will likely be joined by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. For months there had been speculation as to whether Meghan and Harry would return to the UK to spend Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The Firm traditionally enjoys Christmas and New Year at the country estate in Norfolk.

However, two years ago the Sussexes caused a stir by breaking royal protocol to spend the festive period in Canada.

Harry and Meghan reportedly spent Christmas on Vancouver Island with the couple’s newborn son, Archie, and the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.

However the decision to spend Christmas in Canada rather than with the rest of the Royal Family was labelled an “extraordinary slight” against the Queen by Daily Mail editor-at-large Mr Kay.

Speaking on Channel 5 programme “Fergie & Meghan: Inconvenient Royals” Mr Kay claimed: “That seemed an extraordinary slight in many ways.

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“The Queen dearly loves having all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around her at Christmas.

“The suggestion was perhaps Harry and Meghan were being selfish about all this.”

After Christmas Harry and Meghan would never return to live in the UK.

The Sussexes quit the Royal Family and moved to California in early 2020.

Since then, Meghan and Harry have been caught in a rift with senior royals after making a number of claims about royal life in a series of high profile interviews. 

In particular, the couple claimed in a March CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey that while Meghan was pregnant with Archie an unnamed senior royal raised “concerns” about the child’s skin tone. 

The Sussexes also claimed that Meghan did not feel supported by the Royal Family when battling mental health problems while a member of the Firm.

Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary, royal commentator Kristen Meinzer claimed: “[Meghan] did not feel protected. 

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“She felt attacked on a regular basis. 

“It’s no wonder she wanted to escape that. Who wouldn’t want to escape that?”

Harry has only returned to the UK twice since quitting the Firm, for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April, and to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana in July. 

Meanwhile, Meghan has not returned while the couple’s youngest child, Lilibet, has never visited her father’s homeland.

This year, the Royal Family reportedly still plan to spend Christmas together at Sandringham despite a surge of coronavirus cases in the UK. 

However, Her Majesty cancelled an annual pre-Christmas lunch with the Firm, to not put loved ones at risk amid the spread of the Omicron variant. 

Around 50 members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were expected to gather at Windsor Castle on Tuesday for the lunch. 

Last year the pre-Christmas meal was also cancelled due to coronavirus, along with Her Majesty’s traditional Christmas celebrations at Sandringham. 

Harry and Meghan’s representatives were appraoched for comment. 

Catch up with “Fergie & Meghan: Inconvenient Royals” on My5.

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