Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed that they will not be attending the traditional Christmas celebrations at Sandringham with the rest of the royal family this year, instead choosing to spend the special season in Los Angeles with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.
An official spokesperson for the royal couple issued a public statement, noting that, "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess' mother Doria Ragland."
The spokesperson also confirmed that, "This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen."
The statement did not confirm whether the Sussex family would be spending Christmas Day itself in Los Angeles or in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not the first members of the royal family to make other plans for the Christmas holidays. Per reports by Elle US, Kate Middleton and Prince William, along with their young children, previously spent the Christmas of 2016 with Kate's family.