With the entire world looking on, willing four grown people they’ve never met to fully embody a made-for-TV holiday movie, Will and Kate and Harry and Meghan will be spending Christmas together, with the Queen, at Sandringham.
There had been talk that Will and Kate would break off and celebrate with the in-laws, instead. In late November, the Express explained “Why Kate and William could MISS Christmas with Queen, Meghan, and Harry this year,” citing a remark by Kate’s brother, James Middleton, saying Christmas was “all about family” for him, and in her first-ever interview, Carole Middleton just talked about how Charlotte and George are getting their own individual Christmas trees at her house. (Great way to keep those wee royal egos in check!)
Then, of course, there was last week’s news cycle about Harry and Meghan relocating to Windsor and the consequent back and forth about whether Kate and Meghan secretly hate each other, or if it’s the brothers who have fallen out, or if they are perhaps feuding because their wives are feuding. Never mind that there’s a precedent here that predates Meghan’s arrival on the scene—as the Daily Beast pointed out, “In 2012 and 2016, Kate simply skipped Christmas at Sandringham in favor of spending the day chilling with her parents.”
But now the Daily Mail has reported that, while “it was claimed that, in a sign of the iciness between the two couples, William and Kate, both 36, had opted to spend Christmas with the Middleton family in Bucklebury,” in fact all four will be at Sandringham celebrating Christmas with the Queen, smiles firmly affixed to faces, probably because these people haven’t made it this far without at least hiring people who have some rudimentary ability to read a room:
Contrary to reports that the two couples are going their separate ways this year, the Daily Mail can reveal that both will be with the Queen in Norfolk for the Royal Family’s traditional festive celebrations.
Although the plans were made some time ago, their appearance on Christmas Day will no doubt be heavily scrutinised after more than a week of headlines about the strains on their relationship.
People also spoke to a source who said of last year: “They really loved Christmas and all had a wonderful time,” adding, “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.”
Doria Ragland may also be joining; if anybody can get me into that house as a temp cater waiter so I can eavesdrop on all the furious, frustrated whispering that will be happening in various alcoves and side rooms, please contact me immediately at the email below.