Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to have a complicated relationship with members of the royal family lately. Last month, Prince Harry revealed that he and his brother, Prince William, had separated. Now it seems like the couple can make matters worse with His Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. They recently made a decision that could be interpreted as a boycott of the queen herself.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent 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 Meghan joined His Holiness in Sandringham in 2018 and 2017. However, this year, they declined the invitation.
In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, representatives for the royal family revealed that they wanted to spend Christmas with Markle's family: "After spending the last two Christmas at Sandringham, His Majesty will spend this year's vacation, as a new family, with Duchess's mother ; Doria Ragland. "
A source also told The Sun that Sussex "needs time to recharge and decide on their plans for next year."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'blasted' the queen a few months ago
This is actually not the first time Prince Harry and Markle have decided to ignore royal traditions. A few months ago, they did not visit Balmoral Castle with other family members to visit Queen Elizabeth – something the nobles do every summer.
According to sources, the couple felt that their son Archie was too young to travel to Scotland, so they felt better off not leaving. However, critical observers point out that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan did not seem to have a problem bringing their boy to Spain and France a few weeks earlier.
Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trying to boycott the Queen?
It is not clear whether the Duke and Duke of Sussex had any danger when they decided to ignore these traditions. However, that could be another sign that there is some tension in the royal family, and Prince Harry and Markle are not comfortable interacting with fellow nobles.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said: "If your wife feels she is there and is not alive and she is not happy, and if you are also experiencing difficulties, I think, maybe, the last thing you want to do is go somewhere in England that is gloomy and cold and will become dark very early with the whole family. "
He also added that Christmas at Sandringham is equipped with many rules around what can and cannot be done.
"You cannot eat after the queen stops eating, you cannot sleep unless the queen goes to sleep," Levin said. "Everything was really on time. I think if you are tense, it's quite difficult. I think Meghan feels very uncomfortable right now with the Royal Family. "
How does the queen feel about this situation?
The palace has released a statement assuring fans that Sussex's decision "is in line with precedents set by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty the Queen."
However, many people still believe that Queen Elizabeth might be at least stung by Prince Harry and Markle's behavior.
Royalist Ingrid Seward shares that, although it's understandable that they don't want Archie to attend the stressful Christmas at Sandringham, it doesn't make sense to ignore it completely.
"Sandringham has hosted many children for centuries and is very suitable for them," Seward shared. "I think sadly they don't want to be part of a family gathering, especially now that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in their cruelty."
However, Seward believes that "the Queen may be a little hurt but she is too friendly to let it show or be known."