The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will reportedly take six weeks off from royal engagements for some “much-needed family time”. Following the service for Remembrance Day on Sunday, the family are expected to fly to the US where they are believed to be spending Thanksgiving as part of their six-week break. ThEY will then return to the UK, where they will likely spend the remainder of the holiday season with the Queen at Sandringham in Norfolk.
It comes after a very busy few months for the family-of-three, who embarked upon their first tour together, to Africa, in September.
During the trip, the Duke and Duchess spoke to ITV’s Tom Bradby about the pressures of media scrutiny.
As royal fans prepare to see the couple for the last time for a while, a 2018 report has resurfaced, which sheds some light on how the couple spent Christmas last year.
According to the Sunday Express, the former Suits actress had been advised by her husband to play down her skills during the festive season.
“Prince Harry warned Meghan to play down her skills to avoid the Queen’s disappointment”
Meghan and Harry during their tour of Africa last month
Aides had told the publication that Queen likes to give her own royal command performance on Christmas night, when she reels off her impersonations of world leaders, VIPs and stars she has met during her travels.
Harry was reportedly desperate to make Christmas at Sandringham perfect and had a guide of the do’s and don’ts to ease Meghan into the family traditions.
One aide was quoted as saying: “It can be very confusing.
“The jokes and presents are very cheesy, life is grand.
“The protocol is unbending and it terrifies the life out of incomers.
The Queen loves playing charades on Christmas day
“They don’t like show-offs, especially newcomers who show off.
“The Duchess has to resist that American urge to win at everything.
“The whole family likes to play charades on Christmas night and she must never beat the Queen, who is a fine actress herself.”
Harry had also reportedly cautioned Meghan not to speak out against the Royal Family’s traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot.
According to a report by The Sun, Kate and Meghan ended up putting“their differences to one side” and there was no sign of tension at the Queen’s Sandringham retreat.
An insider claimed the two even amicably teamed-up during traditional quiz games.
The source said: “If German and British troops could put their differences to one side to play football during World War One, the feeling was Kate and Meghan could follow suit for Scrabble.
“After watching the Queen’s speech, the board games were brought out and both women got stuck in.
“Pregnant Meghan wasn’t drinking but Kate had a glass of wine or two, and everyone was in great spirits.
“They were chuckling along together.
“You wouldn’t know there was any tension between the two.
“It was a wonderful day and night.”
Intense speculation of a rift between Meghan and Kate started when the former Suits actress and Harry announced plans to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor a year ago.