As we all know, the relationship between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the Royal Family isn’t at its best.
When the couple left the royals – and then went on to speak out against them – senior Buckingham Palace figures turned their backs on the Sussexes, not wanting anything to do with them. As a result, contact was cut off. Just what will happen when Harry releases his new memoir next year is a much pondered possibility.
Previous reports have stated that Harry and Meghan decided to leave the royals just days after their wedding. Now, though, a new claim suggests that it was the actions of Queen Elizabeth herself that were the final straw.
Since leaving the Royal Family, the Sussexes have opened up a rift with the Firm. As new details of Harry’s upcoming book were released recently, the risk of the detachment growing even more has undoubtedly increased.
In the press release for Harry’s upcoming memoir, Spare, publisher Random House said: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow and horror.
“With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”
When it was announced that Harry was writing a book back in the summer, the 38-year-old said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born, but as the man, I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful,” Harry added.
Time will tell what will happen next between Harry & Meghan and the Royal Family. One thing that looks certain, however, is that Harry’s upcoming book looks set to produce shockwaves. Interestingly, it seems like that has left Harry and Meghan out in the cold where Christmas is concerned.
Christmas has always been an important time for the royals. For decades, Queen Elizabeth always held tight to her yearly traditions. She used to spend much of early December at Buckingham Palace, where she gave all her staff Christmas presents and attended a carol service in the Royal Mews.
The royals have always spent the Christmas holidays at the Sandringham House in Norfolk. Queen Elizabeth would travel by train to her country estate. From there, she sent out about 750 Christmas cards every year to her family, friends, and other members of the royal household and government officials.
Some might think that Christmas with the Firm would mean massive Christmas decorations, a tree some 30-feet tall, and their own choir to sing on command. Perhaps that is what will happen this holiday season, but when the Queen was alive, that wasn’t the case at all.
Elizabeth’s former chef, Darren McGrady, revealed that she used to place several Christmas trees around the house at Sandringham. Most of them were real trees, but the one tree in the living room at the Norfolk estate was artificial – the Queen had owned it for more than 30 years.
“The Queen is not lavish, so the décor is minimal,” McGrady told Good Housekeeping in 2016.
“The royal family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30 years old.”
Like many other families worldwide, the Royal Family exchange presents on Christmas Eve after enjoying afternoon tea.
“They’re going all-out to make it extra special”
These days, with many young children and grandchildren, royal Christmases are certainly more hectic and louder than before. Of course, that’s what Christmas is about!
According to a US Weekly source, Prince William and Kate Middleton are keen on celebrating Christmas with their family at Sandringham. This is because they want to give their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, a yearly family tradition – not only because it’s fun, but because the couple want to give their kids as “normal” a life as possible.