Royal rift finally over? Prince Harry and Prince William exchange Christmas presents

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are believed to have sent Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William Christmas presents this year. The Sussexes are also understood to have received gifts, as the two brothers prepare to spend the festivities apart due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The two families have exchanged presents well in advance of the Christmas holiday this year to ensure the gifts arrive in time, People magazine reports.

William and Harry aren’t the only ones to have planned ahead, as gifts will be sent back and forth between the entire Royal Family as they prepare to mark a very different Christmas this year.

The Royal Family will celebrate the festivities apart this year, due to coronavirus restrictions.

Meghan and Harry will spend their first Christmas in Montecito, California with their 19-month-old son Archie.

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Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland is expected to join them.

A source told ET Online: “The couple will be spending Christmas at home in California quietly with Archie and Doria joining them.

“Meghan, who is an accomplished cook, will be preparing some of their favourite dishes with Harry and Doria pitching in.”

Kate and William have yet to decide how to spend the festivities.

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They usually spend the Christmas period at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, but the monarch has decided to cancel the annual trip this year.

During the Cambridge’s recent royal tour, William was asked about how they intend to spend the holidays.

He said: “It is so difficult. We are still trying to make plans.

“It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.”

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Earlier this month Buckingham Palace announced the Queen and Prince Philip will spend the Christmas period together at Windsor Castle, where they have spent much of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Palace spokesman said: “Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”

The Royal Family hope their decision to spend the day apart will inspire others to celebrate the festive period carefully, even though the rules have been relaxed so households can mix.

A royal source told the magazine: ”They are fortunate to spend Christmas with their family every year, but they understand that their family will have competing demands over the Christmas period and are content to have a quiet festive season this year.”

The Government has said coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed from December 23-27, to allow up to three households to form a Christmas bubble.

This week there was some debate as to whether Boris Johnson would row back on his decision to allow people to mix over Christmas, after warnings from medical experts.

But on Wednesday he said the rules will remain unchanged in England.

He advised, “a smaller Christmas is going to be a safer Christmas and a shorter Christmas is a safer Christmas.”

The Welsh Government has changed the law to allow just two households to meet over Christmas, and Scotland has asked people to meet on just one of the five days.

Rumours of a rift between Harry and William have long existed, with the younger sibling seeming to confirm the split in a TV interview last year.

During ITV’s documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, the Duke said: “Part of this role and part of this job, and this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably, you know, stuff happens.

“But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. And we’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, as I know he’ll always be there for me.”

He added that the pair have “good and bad days”.

Royal author Robert Lacey also gave more insight into the feud in his new book Battle of Brothers.

In the book he said the pair fell out after William told Harry he was moving too quickly with Meghan.

Mr Lacey also claims William and Harry argued over Meghan’s involvement in British Vogue’s Forces of Change issue and the couple’s treatment on one of their final royal engagements.

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