Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Confirm Royal Snub: Enjoy Christmas Without Us, Queen!

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What a difference two years can make, huh?

On December 25, 2017, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tried squash rumors of a feud between themselves and other members of The Royal Family by attending church with Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Remember those iconic photographs? You can jog your memory HERE.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get Fancy

That was back then, however.

And now The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they'll skipping the annual holiday festivities at Sandringham - including this aforementioned public walk to church on Christmas morning -- with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of their relatives.

This decision had been the subject of speculation for awhile, but it has evolved from mere gossip to fascinating fact.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Wednesday.

This message continued as follows:

“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.”

A Very Royal Premiere

The Palace did not specify exactly where Meghan and Harry will celebrate the holidays.

But we can say for certain it will NOT be in Los Angeles, which is where Markle's mother resides.

This surprising news comes amid constant chatter about Meghan's standing with the Royal Family, specifically ongoing talk that Queen Elizabeth II pretty much hates her.

It also comes just a few weeks after Harry acknowledged for the first time that there's at least been some tension between him and his famous brother.

Greetings, Everyone

Harry admitted that there was a rift between the sibling in the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired in October.

“Part of this role and part of this job, this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably stuff happens,” Harry explained in the film, adding:

“But look, we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers.

"We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I’ll always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.”

Showing Off Archie

Concluded Harry on this topic:

"The majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, we have good days and we have bad days."

With the exception of 2012, when he was in Afghanistan, Harry has been a fixture at Sandringham over Christmas.

Markle joined him there in 2017 and 2018, but this latest announcement by the couple only adds to many other signs of late that they're distancing themselves from the Royal Family and Royal Tradition overall.

Meghan Markle in South Africa

Heck, they may even move to America!

On the flip side, William and Kate are committed.

Back in December of 2018, this husband and wife -- who are parents to  Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, Prince Louis, 18 months -- said they will no longer switch off between spending Christmas with the royals and the Middletons.

“Moving forward, Kate and William will continue to do Sandringham every Christmas Eve and Day as opposed to alternating like they used to,” a source said at the time.

“[They will] visit the Middleton in Berkshire later in the festive season.”

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