Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be joining the royal family this Christmas for one major reason, experts say.
Royals will still gather at Sandringham in Norfolk to celebrate the festivities for their first Christmas without the late Queen, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will remain abroad.
Last month, it was reported that Prince Harry and Meghan had received an invitation from King Charles to attend Christmas celebrations with the family.
But the Duke and Duchess are expected to decline the invitation to Sandringham as relations continue to deteriorate, royal experts said.
Biographer Angela Levin told The Sun: “The Queen’s death means there won’t be as much pressure to get the whole family together – which is good, because it looks like Harry and Meghan won’t be attending.
“I’m sure Catherine and William will be present for part of the holiday by the King and Queen’s side.
“Harry and Meghan are not coming, which I think will be a huge relief for the rest of the family.
“The family will want to make it a very positive day after the Queen’s death and I think Sussexes’ presence will certainly dampen that.”
And Ms. Levin believes the main reason they’re not jumping the pond is because they fear the backlash to their Netflix docuseries, due just before Christmas.
Harry and Meghan would discuss other royals – including King Charles, Camilla and Prince William – in their documentary, directed by top American documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus.
Ms. Levin explained: “It’s very interesting that they, especially Harry, have tried really hard to get it out before Christmas.
“It makes me feel like they could very well attack the monarchy again and be very mean to the king, despite the fact that he lost his mother.
“It has been said that they are not coming, but I also think about what the documentary looks like, whether or not they would be invited.
“It is up to the Sussexes to decide if they want their children to know what their father’s family is like, but it could also be that the royals don’t want them to be there after the documentary.
“On the one hand, it seems that Harry and Meghan want their children to know, but on the other hand, they don’t.
“They want titles for them, but they don’t want them mixing with the people they can give them.
“Anytime you think ‘they can’t get much worse’ they just do and I feel like the family feels the same way.”
The Sun has contacted the Sussexes for comment.
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