Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Reportedly Decided to Skip Christmas with the Royal Family

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—to ditch traditions?

Entertainment Tonight has recently reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their baby son Archie, will be heading to Markle’s mother’s, Doria Ragland’s house, instead of spending it with the royal family as they usually do.

For the past two years, Meghan and Harry spend the holidays with the rest of Harry’s side, complete with a big celebration at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham House, a country house in Sandringham, Norfolk, England.

As tradition, the family walk from the house to the nearby St. Mary Magdalene Church, saying hello to their fans who gather to watch—a joyous moment that isn’t going to happen this year.

“While we understand the plan is to spend Thanksgiving in the U.S., we don’t know when the couple will be coming back and there is some speculation that they may extend this trip and stay out in the States for Christmas as well,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. “They may choose to take a leaf out of William and Kate’s book and spend one year in the U.K. with Harry’s family and the next year in the U.S. with Doria.”

Whether the family is spending the holiday with Doria in the UK or the family is heading to the states to celebrate remains unclear at the moment. Nicholl’s best guess? “I think there’s every chance that they might spend Christmas in America,” she says.

To hear more about Meghan and Harry’s decision to change up the holiday traditions, check out the video below.

What do you think of this royal couple not spending the holidays with Harry’s family? Are you a fan of breaking traditions, or do you think it’s good to change it up every once in a while? Where do you typically spend the holidays?