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Queen committed to revive ‘royal tradition’ to bring family together after health scare

Prince Harry and Meghan: Expert speculates on Christmas return

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be set for a return to the UK at Christmas, as a royal expert claims it would be the “perfect chance” for them to introduce their youngest daughter to the Queen. According to recent reports, the 95-year-old monarch is set on returning to “royal tradition” by hosting the Christmas festivities at Sandringham, in a bid to get the entire family together. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Queen celebrated the holidays at Windsor Castle with her late husband Prince Philip last year. 

Speaking on Australia’s Today Show, royal commentator Natalie Oliveri said: “Last year, Christmas was moved to Windsor Castle for the first time since 1988 and that was because of the coronavirus pandemic, but now it looks the Queen wants to have Christmas back at Sandringham in Norfolk as per royal tradition.

“That’s because Prince Philip is no longer with her and she’s said to want her family around her more than ever this year.

“There are rumours that Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, could be joining the royals for Christmas this year.

“They haven’t done so over the past few years, but it would be a perfect chance for them to introduce their daughter to the Queen, especially in light of her recent health scare.”

The Queen is yet to meet her 5-month old great-granddaughter Lilibet Diana, who has been named in her honour. 

Lilibet was the childhood nickname of the monarch, given to her by her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother due to her inability to pronounce the name Elizabeth as an infant. 

Prince Harry and Meghan’s eldest child, Archie Harrison, has not been in the UK since October 2019. The two-year-old has not seen any of his royal relatives since he was six months old, but it was revealed in a James Corden interview that the Queen had sent him a waffle-maker for Christmas. 

Whilst the Duke of Sussex has travelled back to London on two occasions, for the funeral of Prince Philip and the unveiling of Diana’s statue, the Duchess has not returned since completing her final engagements in March 2020. 

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The couple have led a strained relationship with the Royal Family since announcing that they would be stepping down from their roles in January 2020. 

Earlier this year, they conducted an interview with Oprah Winfrey where they criticised the monarchy’s handling of their Megxit departure, and accused a senior member of the family of making a racist remark. 

Harry also said he felt “really let down” by his father Prince Charles, and characterised his relationship with William as “space”. 

Despite this, the couple praised the Queen, with Harry describing her as his “Colonel-in-Chief”.

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Her Majesty is currently following doctors’ advice to take a period of rest from royal duties, after she became ill on October 20. She was forced to cancel a two-day tour to Northern Ireland and “regretfully” decided against travelling to Glasgow for the COP26 summit. 

She stayed overnight at King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone for “preliminary investigations” but is currently resting at Windsor Castle. It has been made clear that her illness is not Covid-related and that she intends to participate in the Remembrance Sunday service on November 14. 

Since losing her husband Prince Philip in April, the Queen has maintained a busy schedule. Since the summer, she has travelled to Cardiff and Edinburgh to open their Parliaments and hosted world leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall earlier this summer. 

Whilst she is currently based at Windsor, the monarch and her royal relatives traditionally spend the Christmas holidays at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. 

Other members of the family likely to join her include Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, and her granddaughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. 

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