The Royal Family may not want the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join them for Christmas this year, a royal expert has claimed. Following claims Meghan and Harry turned down King Charles’s invite to spend Christmas at Sandringham with other members of the Firm, commentator Angela Levin claimed “it could be a case where the royals don’t want them there after the documentary”, referring to a rumoured Netflix docu-series believed to be focused on Meghan and Harry’s life and love story.
She told The Sun: “It’s been said that they’re not coming but it [is] also I think on what the documentary is like whether or not they would be invited at all.”
Referring to Meghan and Harry’s toddler children Lilibet Diana and Archie Harrison, the royal biographer continued: “It’s up [to] the Sussexes on whether they want their children to know what their father’s family is like – but also it could be a case where the royals don’t want them there after the documentary.”
The author of “Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort” went on to say she believes the family will try to make the first Christmas since the death of Queen Elizabeth II a day as positive as possible.
She claimed: “Harry and Meghan aren’t coming which I think will be a huge relief for the rest of the family.
“The family will want to make it a very positive day after the Queen’s death and I think the Sussexes presence would most certainly dampen that.”
Earlier this week, royal author Katie Nicholl claimed this coming royal Christmas would be very much in tune with the tradition established by Elizabeth II in the late 1980s.
Ms Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “Christmas is always a really special time for the Royal Family where they traditionally come together.
“That has always been at Sandringham and my understanding is that King Charles is going to follow his mother’s tradition and host a family Christmas at Sandringham this year.
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“Harry and Meghan have been invited for Christmas but it’s our understanding that they won’t be coming over to the UK, they will be spending the holiday season in California.”
A few days later, Buckingham Palace confirmed King Charles would follow in his late mother’s footsteps and celebrate the festive period at Sandringham House with his close family.
Christmas Day will also feature the traditional royal walkabout after the service held at St Mary Magdalene Church, just a brief walk away from the royal residence.
The Palace didn’t mention which members of the Royal Family would join the sovereign and the Queen Consort and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not issued a statement expressing where they will be in late December.
Meghan and Harry were last in the UK in September, when they joined the rest of the Royal Family to attend the funeral of the Duke’s grandmother.
The pair, who haven’t been in Sandringham for Christmas since 2018, are reportedly going to appear in a docu-series by US streaming platform Netflix directed by Liz Garbus.
While neither Archewell Productions – the Sussexes’ production powerhouse – nor Netflix have ever officially announced this series, Meghan mentioned something directed by Ms Garbus was in the works during two different interviews.
Speaking to Variety magazine, the Duchess said: “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it. But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”
Page Six recently claimed the docu-series will be released on December 8.