Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have confirmed they will spend Christmas in the US with Doria Ragland.
Prince Harry and his wife are heading to California with their six-month-old son Archie to spend time with Doria Ragland, with Remembrance Sunday their last joint public engagement.
Prince William and Kate are expected at Sandringham with their three children and other members of the royal family as a rift between the two brothers shows no sign of being quashed.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month.
“Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.
“This decision is in line with the precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.
“For security reasons, we will not be providing further details on their schedule at this time.”
Harry and Meghan’s trip will come as part of a six-week break away from royal duties to allow the couple and their six-month-old son Archie to spend some “much-needed” family time together.
The family had been expected to return to the UK, where they were invited to spend the remainder of the holiday season with the Queen at Sandringham in Norfolk, as is tradition.
This will be their first Christmas as a family-of-three following the birth of Archie in May.
The Cambridges have spent previous Christmases with Kate’s family in Bucklebury, Berks.
They decided to take some time out after appearing in an ITV documentary while on tour in Africa visiting some of the world’s poorest communities.
In the documentary Harry, 35, told how he had drifted apart from his brother William while Meghan, 38, revealed how she was struggling with life in the public eye, even suggesting “no one has asked if I’m okay”.
Meghan took around four months maternity leave and has kept busy with a series of projects since returning.
The former actress collaborated on series of designs or ‘Smart Set collection with retailers John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.
She also guest-edited Vogue where she famously refused to be on the cover, suggesting it would be “boastful” to appear on the cover.