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Confirmed: Harry and Meghan won’t spend Christmas with Queen

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, a spokesperson for the couple has told Sky News.

Harry and Meghan are said to be "looking forward to extended family time" at the end of the month.

The spokesperson added: "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."

It is not yet know where the couple, along with Meghan's mother and baby Archie will be for Christmas – but the spokesperson said Harry and Meghan's decision "has the support of her majesty the Queen".

It is understood the duke and duchess are due to begin a six-week break next week, after carrying out a number of engagements early in November and their busy tour of Africa in September and October.

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Word of this break increased speculation that they may not join the rest of the Royal Family in Norfolk for Christmas.

Last month, their decision to take some time out was described by a palace source as "some much needed family time" after their son Archie was born in May.

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Image: The duchesses looked at ease in 2018, following reports of a rift between the couples
The Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 25, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Image: The two couples were both at Sandringham last Christmas

It is anticipated they will spend time in the UK and America, possibly spending Thanksgiving with Meghan's mother.

Thousands queue up to watch the Windsors walk to St Mary Magdelene church on Christmas morning.

Last year, cameras were fixed on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were seen walking alongside each other after rumours of a rift between the couples.

Those rumours have grown over the past year, and were fuelled further last month when Prince Harry was asked about the situation in a documentary.

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