We probably (read: hopefully) don’t need to tell you that Brits don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
Something about a bunch of people risking death in order to flee their country doesn’t appeal to the British sense of patriotism. Go figure.
But Meghan Markle, of course, is American.
Which means that come the fourth Thursday in November, her thoughts likely turn to turkey, consumerist stampedes, and football (the kind with all the head injuries; not the kind where you can’t use your hands).
In the past, there was much discussion of Meghan and Harry’s approach to Thanksgiving.
There was even some heated debate over whether they would/should celebrate the holiday at all.
Some argued that marking the occasion would be a way for the Sussexes to put their money where their mouth is in terms of honoring Meghan’s American heritage.
Others felt that it would be inappropriate for Harry to celebrate any of the several American holidays that celebrate the fight for freedom from British persecution.
In the end, it seems Harry and Meghan settled on a compromise — they would engage in the traditional Thanksgiving shenanigans (pretending to like creamed corn, heated political debates that result in the flinging of said creamed corn across the dinner table, etc.), but they would do so privately and not make a big public show of it.
Of course, these days, Archie’s mum and dad aren’t making a big public show of anything, really, and Harry’s comments to the British press have made it clear that he and Meghan have had enough of life in the spotlight.
So perhaps it should come as no surprise that — like the pilgrims before them — the Sussexes have fled the UK in order to like a freer life in America — if only for a few weeks.
Yes, the duke and duchess touched down in the US in time for the start of the holiday season, and it seems they’ll remain in the States for the remainder of 2019.
The news was confirmed this week by royal correspondent Omid Scobie, who stated on his podcast that Harry and Meghan "celebrated Thanksgiving privately with close family" on a "long time trip to the US."
"The Sussexes are away, they’re on their break right up until Christmas," Scobie told his audience.
"They celebrated Thanksgiving privately with close family, which is lovely."
Scobie went on to reveal that Harry and Meghan will be stateside for most of their current six-week vacation:
"It’s a long-time trip that they’re on, I think we are really going to see them away until Christmas as far as I’m aware, which is good for them," he said.
Lizzie Robinson, Royal Producer at ITV News, confirmed Scobie’s findings, adding:
"We know they’re away, they’re not even in the country."
No one’s quite sure where the Sussexes are staying, but it’s believed that they’re currently residing in Southern California, so that they can spend as much time as possible with Meghan’s LA-based mom, Doria Ragland.
Rumors that Harry and Meghan are planning to move to the US seem to surface about once a month, and this lengthy trip to the colonies is probably resulting in much hand-wringing at Buckingham Palace.
And considering the fact that the Sussexes have made no secret of how frustrated they’ve become with the constant scrutiny of the British press, the concerns among royal purists might be justified.
You know the situation is bad when you relocate to LA in order to get away from the paparazzi.