Charles Trepany USA TODAY Published 8:48 PM EST Dec 20, 2019 Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan and baby Archie will reportedly spend Christmas in a familiar location this year. In a statement published by People and the Today show, a royal spokesperson confirmed the family will spend the holidays in Canada, “enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and…
Published 8:48 PM EST Dec 20, 2019
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan and baby Archie will reportedly spend Christmas in a familiar location this year.
In a statement published by People and the Today show, a royal spokesperson confirmed the family will spend the holidays in Canada, “enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son.”
The Los Angeles-born Meghan made her home in Toronto for seven years while shooting her television series “Suits,” and the palace’s statement added that Harry “has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.
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Also on Friday, a video surfaced of Harry speaking at an event for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a British charity for children whose parents have died serving in the armed forces. The duke served 10 years in the British Army, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Instead of opting for his modern clothes for his video appearance, Harry dressed as Santa Claus (or Father Christmas, as he’s known in the U.K.).
“Your parents, they will never be forgotten and you will never be forgotten,” he said. “Have a fantastic Christmas and a happy New Year.”
In November, Buckingham Palace confirmed the family of three would miss the annual royal Christmas holiday at Sandringham this year.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” the palace said in a statement at the time. “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.”
“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 added.
This last sentence may have been in response to media sniping in Britain that the Sussex Christmas plans are “a clear snub to the queen,” as Sussex critic Piers Morgan put it on “Good Morning Britain.”
In 2012 and 2016 Prince William and Duchess Kate also opted out of the traditional royal holiday gathering at Sandringham. The couple spent Christmas those years with Kate’s family at their estate in Bucklebury.
Meghan and Kate are side by side at royals’ traditional Christmas Day church service
Contributing: Maria Puente