How the Sussexes will have a very LA Christmas and what that entails

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing to spend their second Christmas away from the Royal Family, as they look set to enjoy the holidays over in California.

Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, moved to the US in 2020, after stepping down as senior members of the royal family, and now reside in Montecito, California, with their two children, Archie, two, and Lilibet, six months.

While it was first speculated that the couple would return to the UK to spend Christmas with the royal family, it looks like Harry and Meghan will be celebrating in LA this year.

Here we take a look at what Prince Harry and Meghan's Christmas in California could look like.

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How will Meghan and Harry spend Christmas?

Prince Harry and Meghan will be spending Christmas at their home in Montecito, California this year.

In 2020, they welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana, after the birth of son Archie in 2019, so are preparing to spend their first ever Christmas as a family of four.

It's believed Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, will join the Sussexes for the holidays after she stayed with them during Christmas 2020 in Canada.

It's been revealed that Meghan loves to cook, and she previously gave an insight into her festive plans in an interview with Grazia.

The former actress completed the interview while she was the founder of lifestyle blog The Tig, and provided the publication with all of her top tips for successful Christmas celebrations.

Speaking about serving up a traditional turkey dinner, Meghan told Grazia: "Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen. If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet."

She added: "Purchase silver serving trays, platters and nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d'ouevres passing."

Meghan's festive tips also extended the decorations, and her previous statements could provide an insight into what her and Harry's Christmas decorations may look like at their LA home.

The mum of two said: "When creating a table-scape, keep it simple and crisp with an all white tablecloth, runner and napkins. Accent with gilded plates and napkin rings and use a stylish set of cutlery. All white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centre piece."

Meghan added: "Traditionally, garland or magnolia branches are used to adorn a stairwell bannister or mantle. Take this concept and trim the outline of a mirror or beautiful piece of artwork that is centrally located in your entry hallway or living room.

"Use mint julep cups or Moscow mule mugs as low vases instead of drinking mugs. Fill with savoury herbs or all white florals."

It sounds like the Sussexes may opt for a traditional Christmas Day if Meghan's previous festivities are anything to by.

The Suits star also opened up about her favourite drink to wash down her dinner with, and all you need is unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom, powdered ginger, clove, dried dates, and your favourite bourbon to hand.

If you want to celebrate like the royals this Christmas, Meghan also outlined her special recipe, saying: "Blend all ingredients (except the alcohol) in a powerful blender and then move to a small saucepan. Heat at a low temperature until heated and add 4-6oz into the pot depending on your friends' palates.

"Pour each drink and garnish with a cinnamon stick. If you prefer this drink cold, then omit the heating and shake it hard in a cocktail shaker and serve in champagne glasses with a cinnamon/sugar rim on the glass. Super pretty and equally delicious!"

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Meghan and Harry have not publicly confirmed their festive plans, however it's believed that none of the royal family were expecting them to travel to the UK after tensions had recently been high between the couple and certain family members.

A royal aide did reveal to Page Six that the Sussexes were invited to spend Christmas at Sandringham House, but it's believed they declined as the Queen would have been notified well in advance had they wished to attend.

“There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff knows that Harry and Meghan are not coming. If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now,” a member of the royal household revealed.

Prince Harry has flew back to the UK twice since he and Meghan moved to the US, while Meghan is yet to return to the UK.

Harry first came back for his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in 2020, and then flew back a few months later for the unveiling of his mother Princess Diana's statue.

The royals are currently set to enjoy a scaled-back Christmas this year, as Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the UK and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic grows.

Her Majesty has cancelled the annual pre-Christmas party, which usually sees around 70 royal family members come together to enjoy an early Christmas lunch.

The Queen has also made the tough decision to cancel Christmas at Sandringham, and will now spend the festive period at Windsor Castle.

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