Are we seeing the beginning of a thaw between the tension that has clouded Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship over the past few years?
It appears so. According to a royal expert, the brothers have exchanged gifts for their families in signs of a Christmas “truce”.
“Harry has sent presents to William and Kate and the calligraphy [on the cards] has been done by Meghan,” says royal biographer Andrew Morton.
The Sussexes reportedly sent gifts to the UK after a shopping trip to an exclusive boutique in their new hometown of Santa Barbara in the US, The Sun reports.
Morton adds that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also sent presents to Harry, Meghan and their 19-month-old son, Archie.
The writer goes on to claim that Harry (36) “plans to speak to his father and brother over the holidays”.
The royals, like millions around the UK, have had their Christmas plans spoilt by the recent announcement by prime minister Boris Johnson of tougher restrictions amid evidence of a rampant new Covid-19 strain that is spreading up to 70% faster.
“We cannot continue with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said, plunging the country into chaos as people hit the shops before the lockdown in vast swathes of the country. There was also a crush of people attempting to flee London on buses and trains, and highways were clogged by families trying to get to loved ones in other parts of the country.
The restrictions have meant millions have had to cancel their planned family “bubbles”, where up to three households had been permitted to meet before the new lockdown.
Kate’s parents, who live in Bucklebury, Berkshire, had planned to have William, Kate and their kids – Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5) and Prince Louis (2) – as well as their younger daughter, Pippa Matthews (37); her husband, James (45); and their two-year-old son, Arthur, around on Christmas Day. But those plans have now been scuppered.
It will no doubt be a bitter blow to Mike (71) and Carole (65) who had been planning their first Christmas with all four of their grandchildren. Celebrations would’ve been heightened by the fact Pippa is expecting her second baby.
William and Kate will now celebrate Christmas alone with the children at their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk. It appears all the senior members of The Firm will be celebrating alone this year, after the 94-year-old queen cancelled the annual Sandringham gathering, opting to spend the day “very quietly” at Windsor Castle instead with the Duke of Edinburgh (99).
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, mirror.co.uk