Harry and Meghan not attending Royal Christmas comes as ‘relief’ to family, says expert

Harry andMeghan Markle’s absence from theRoyal’s Christmas festivities will be a “huge relief” to the rest of the family, an expert has claimed.

The Firm will still gather at their much-loved country retreat Sandringham, in Norfolk, for their first Christmas celebration since the death ofQueen Elizabeth II – although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not expected to attend.

It has been reported thatKing Charles has invited Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, to join the family over the festive period.

But sources say that the Duke and Duchessare expected to snub the invitation as relations between them and The Firm have reached “rock bottom”.

Royal biographer Angela Levin said the Royal Family will want their first Christmas without the Queen to be positive – and Harry and Meghan’s presence could “dampen” that.

She toldThe Sun: “The Queen’s death means that there won’t be as much pressure to have all of the family together – which is good because it seems Harry and Meghan won’t be present.

She added: “Harry and Meghan aren't coming, which I think will be a huge relief for the rest of the family.

“The family will want to make it a very positive day after the Queen’s death and I think the Sussexes' presence would most certainly dampen that.”

Ms Levin said she expectedPrince William andPrincess Kate to be at Sandringham for part of the holiday. She added she believed the main reason Harry and Meghan would remain in the US over Christmas is because they are concerned about the reaction to their Netflix documentary – which isexpected to be aired in early December.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly tried to push back the screening of the fly-on-the-wall documentary to 2023 – despite Netflix paying a rumoured £88m to show it.

Sources claimed the Sussexes had had"second thoughts" about the show following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, amid concerns that viewers would take a dim view of any “truth bombs” that could come out while the Royal Family was in mourning.

Ms Levin told The Sun: “It's very interesting that they tried, especially Harry, very, very hard to get it out after Christmas.

“It makes me feel that they could very well attack the monarchy again and be very nasty about the King despite the fact that he lost his mother.”

It has previously been reported that theSussexes fell out with the original director of the show, Garrett Bradley, prompting her to leave the project.

Harry and Megan have also been described as being atloggerheads with Netflix over the series – with rumours that bosses have refused their requests to "tone down" some of its content.

OK! has contacted Harry and Meghan for comment.

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