"Harry and Meghan’s new strategy is reconciliation," an insider shared with a publication.
Although rumors of a Sussex return to Sandringham have been gaining steam for weeks, the source spilled that Harry and Meghan likely will not be in attendance for the fifth year running. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are allegedly planning to "reach out" to the monarch via telephone over having success in this setup on his 75th birthday on November 14.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last spent Christmas with the royals in 2018. Harry and Meghan decided to spend the following year's holiday with the former actress' mom, Doria Ragland, in California. Two weeks later, they broke the news of "Megxit," which initiated a huge royal scandal in the weeks leading up to the global pandemic lockdowns. However, sources say the animosity between the royal rebels and the other senior royals had been brewing for some time before that.
The late Queen Elizabeth II chose not to display a photo of Harry and Meghan on her desk during her 2019 Christmas Speech.
"It’s always so interesting to see what photos are put on display — a lot of care and attention goes into this. A lot is about showing off the continuity of the family and the bloodline. Everything is meaningful and carefully curated — down to the items in the backdrop," a palace source spilled.
Nevertheless, recent controversies are likely to blame if His Majesty did not extend a Sussex invite.
"I doubt if there was any invitation to spend Christmas with the royal family. I would be very surprised. [The furor over Endgame] isn't going to help," marketing analyst Pauline Maclaran told an outlet.
In other royal news, the King has pre-recorded his second annual Christmas speech as the reigning monarch sometime this week. The message is one of only a few times per year the sovereign can speak to their subjects in their own, unedited words and has been an annual tradition since King George V started it on radio in 1932. Elizabeth II delivered her yuletide address every Christmas of her record-breaking reign, from 1952 until her final speech in 2021.
The King's Speech will air at 3 p.m. British time on Christmas Day on the ITN network and on streaming platforms worldwide.
The royals are expected to gather for Christmas at Sandringham House a few days before Christmas Eve and are expected to stay at the Norfolk estate until sometime in January.
Page Six reported on the insider revelations.