Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are willing to do just about anything to squash these family rift rumors. And that includes changing their own holiday plans just to make sure everything looks copacetic between them and Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.
In case you’ve missed the kerfuffle, let us break it down for you: Over the last few weeks, headline after headline suggested there’s a major breakdown happening between the royal foursome. It all came to light after Prince Harry and Meghan announced they’d be moving out of Kensington and into a cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Many took this as a sign that the couple no longer wants to be associated with William and Kate, but royal insiders say that couldn’t be further from the truth. And this change of plans for the holidays is one way to show that everything is OK between them.
According to The Daily Mail, William and Kate typically trade off years for the holidays, with one year spent with the royal family and the next with the Middletons. But, this year, it appears they will double-down on the royal madness by spending their time in Norfolk for a traditional royal Christmas.
“Reports regarding Christmas are wrong. Everyone is in Norfolk this year,” a source noted to The Daily Mail.
This year’s holiday celebration will undoubtedly be a big one for the entire royal family as Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, will also reportedly join them for the first time. As Travel+Leisure previously noted, the Queen likely invited Doria out of respect for Meghan, who has no family of her own in England and is expecting her first child sometime in the spring.
Though, as a source noted to People, the decision by Will and Kate to head to Norfolk with the royals may simply be because they want to, not because they had to.
“They really loved Christmas and all had a wonderful time,” the source told People. “I think the two women got on—they are definitely not best friends, but it was a really special time for them all to spend together.”