Meghan and Harry to have ‘distant’ and ‘formal’ Christmas exchange with Queen

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to have a "distant" and "very formal" exchange with the Royal family this Christmas, a royal expert has claimed.

They were urged to return to the UK to spend Christmas with the Queen but haven’t yet given an indication as to where they’re spending the festive period.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave up their royal titles and moved to LA last year. They have yet to return to the UK as a couple – though Harry has made appearances on occasion.

However, according to Royal expert Neil Sean, the couple will be exchanging gifts with the family "formally".

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean said: "There will be some gifts but it will be very formal.

"There will be a gift from the Queen, she's far too gracious to be childish to not include them in the gift package.

"But let's just say whatever they do send each other over it will be at a distance.

"That's rather sad given that the Queen is 70 years on the throne and having to deal with some of the toughest decisions in her working and personal life."

It follows after royal commentator Gwen Flamberg insisted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit as the Queen as she is "not getting any younger".

Speaking to Us Weekly, Ms Flamberg said: "I wish that they would go for Christmas.

"The Queen's Christmas brunch is always a very big deal.

"I'm not quite sure if it will go off as it did before the pandemic because the pandemic is still going on.

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"But let's just say, she's not getting any younger and I would hope they would spend ample time together."

While royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti has said it would be a "great opportunity for some family healing".

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Sacerdoti said: "I imagine that the Queen would like to have them there.

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"I can see why it's very difficult for them to be able to come back for Christmas but also it could be a great opportunity for some bridge-building and for some family healing and I think that they would probably want that and the rest of the family would probably want that.

"The problem is there would be masses of speculation and gossip surrounding it and that's not something of them should want and that might be they don't manage to do it but we'll have to wait and see."

He went on: "The Queen hasn't met Lilibet and it would be a good opportunity for that.

"Especially as we're looking at the Queen now with her recent health issues and at such an advanced age, I know that there have been reports that Harry was sad he hadn't got to see Prince Philip more in the final period in his life.

"I think anyone with older relatives is aware Christmas is a good time to make the time to be together even when you have a busy schedule."

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