Prince Harry and Megan Markle seem to have a complex relationship with the rest of the royal family these days. Last month, Prince Harry revealed that he and his brother, Prince William, had split up. Now it looks like the couple could make matters worse with her majesty, Queen Elizabeth. They recently made a decision that could be interpreted as a boycott against the queen herself.
Prince Harry and Megan Markle skip Christmas with the Queen
Every winter, many members of the royal family gather at Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham House to celebrate Christmas. Prince Harry and Duchess Megan have joined Her Majesty in Sandringham in both 2018 and 2017. However, this year, they are reducing the invitation.
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, royal officials have revealed they want to spend Christmas with Markle's family: "Having spent the last two Christmases in Sandringham, their royal heights will spend the holiday this year as a new family with their mother to the Duchess Doria Ragland. "
The source also told The Sun that the Sussex "need some time to recharge and decide their plans for next year".
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "destroyed" the Queen a few months ago
This is not the first time Prince Harry and Mark have abandoned royal traditions. A few months ago, they didn't visit Balmoral Castle with the rest of the family to visit Queen Elizabeth – something the kings do every summer.
According to sources, the couple thought their son Archie was too young for a trip to Scotland, so they thought it was better not to go. However, critical viewers have noted that Prince Harry and Duchess Megan do not seem to have a problem with taking their boyfriend to Spain and France a few weeks earlier.
Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trying to boycott the Queen?
It is unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex mean any harm when they decide to ignore these traditions. However, there may be another sign that there is tension in the royal family, with Prince Harry and Mark disagreeing with each other over colleague copyright.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said: "If your wife feels she exists and doesn't live, she is unhappy and if you go through a tough patch, I think maybe the last thing you want to do is go somewhere in the UK that is bleak and cold and will darken very early with many families. "
She also added that Christmas in Sandringham comes with many rules about what one can and cannot do.
"You can't eat after the queen has stopped eating, you can't go to bed unless the queen goes to bed," Levin said. “Everything is absolutely on time. I think if you're tense anyway, it's pretty hard. I think Megan feels very uncomfortable at the moment with the royal family. "
How does the Queen feel about this situation?
The palace issued a statement assuring fans that Sussex's decision "is in line with a precedent set by other members of the royal family and backed by Her Majesty the Queen".
However, many still believe that Queen Elizabeth can at least have a little to do with Prince Harry and Mark's behavior.
Royal expert Ingrid Seeward has said that while it is understandable that if they do not want Archie to be on stress-filled Christmas in Sandringham, it is not reasonable to skip it altogether.
"Sandringham has played host to many kids over the centuries and is well prepared for them," Seeward shared. "I think it's sad that they don't want to be part of the family gathering, especially now the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh."
Still, Seward believes that "the queen may be slightly hurt, but she is too graceful to ever let herself appear or be known."