Don’t bother putting “happy family photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Marklecelebrating Christmas with the royal family” on your holiday wishlist this year, because, according to recent reports, the Sussexes are going to be no-shows at the royal fam’s festivities again this year.
For a split second, it looked like Harry might be getting back on better terms with some of his relatives, including his brother, Prince William, when the royal family came together in the wake of the Queen’s death in September, but the Fab Four’s Windsor walkabout was not the magic ‘ship fix so many hoped it might be.
In fact, not only are Harry and Meghan’s relationships with the rest of the royal family not magically repaired, they’re actually “near rock bottom,” according to a royal source who spoke to the Mirror.
One obvious possible reason for the Sussexes’ decision to skip the royal family’s holiday gathering is the sure-to-be awkwardness about Harry’s memoir, Spare, which the royals are reportedly not getting to read before its released in January. And, since pretty much every report that’s come to light about how the royal family feels about the book ranges from them feeling very, very nervous about it to them being near-panic and already lawyering up,
To be fair, none of the official intel (not that there’s been a *ton* of it) has done much to alleviate the worries the royals/everyone who works for them seem to have about the tell-all book, which Harry’s publisher, Random House, recently hyped up yet again on its website, teasing that, “With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”
Since “raw, unflinching honesty” is, historically, pretty much the opposite of what the royal family wants its members to be (at least in public), it’s easy to see why Harry might feel
a little enormously awkward doing Christmas with his relatives this year.