Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle end the year the way they started it: An ocean apart.
And that means the Christmas festivities will be very different this year. While the deals have not yet been confirmed as they await updated government guidelines during the second lockdown in England, Queen Elizabeth is certain of one thing: traditions and the entertainment that comes with it will be scaled down.
William and Kate are waiting to hear [about U.K. government guidelines] Just like everyone else “on whether and where to travel, a source told PEOPLE in this week’s issue,” The kids miss their great-grandmother, but the same rules apply to them as everyone else. “
The Queen, 94, is currently in isolation at Windsor Castle with husband Prince Philip, 99, and has yet to decide whether to stay there or head to her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for the traditional Christmas and New Year holidays.
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William, Kate and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, will likely be down the street from the main Sandringham house in their mansion in Anm Hall. But Harry, Meghan and their 1-year-old son Archie (who is scheduled for their first American Thanksgiving Day in the US on Thursday) will celebrate their first Christmas with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, at their new home in Montecito, California.
With the Thanksgiving time for reflection, Meghan and Harry decided to speak openly about their recent pregnancy loss. In an emotional essay on November 25, Meghan revealed that she miscarried in July. “The family is very sad,” a palace source told PEOPLE.
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It’s been a difficult year for the Queen, who saw the gap between her grandchildren William, 38, and Harry, 36, make headlines around the world, and Meghan and Harry are leaving the royal family in March.
With all the upheavals, “she might want a break – you never know,” says a former employee. “She could be happier this year for a quieter household.”