Christmas is just around the corner — and James Middleton is already in the holiday spirit! “For me, it’s all about family,” the youngest Middleton sibling recently said on the German TV channel, Leute Heute. “It’s one where we can all regroup.” With James’ outpour of holiday excitement, some royal fans are now speculating that Kate Middleton and Prince William are going to spend Christmas with the Middletons rather than with Queen Elizabeth this year.
This year’s Middleton Christmas celebration is being held at Kate’s parents’ million-dollar mansion in Berkshire, England. “I welcome people into our family home. I want it to feel like it’s their home,” James ensured. “There’ll be turkey, champagne, and some wine.”
There will also be two tiny new family members in attendance at the Middletons’ Christmas celebration! This holiday will be the first for Pippa Middleton‘s newborn baby, Arthur, who just arrived in October, and for Kate and William’s six-month-old son, Prince Louis, as well. Typically Kate and William join the rest of the royal family for Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, but in 2016, the married couple broke that tradition by spending it with the Middletons. We’re not sure how Her Majesty would react if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge skipped out on Christmas this year considering the Queen “loves getting the family together.”
While Kate and William may be on the fence about their plans, it’s been reported that Meghan Markle will join her royal in-laws for Christmas for the second year in a row after making her debut as Prince Harry‘s fianceé last year. According to Grazia, the Queen also invited Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, to join them for the three days of their holiday festivities at Sandringham. A royal source told Vanity Fair that Doria was invited because the Queen was so “impressed” by her at Meghan and Harry’s wedding this past May.
An invitation for Doria to spend Christmas at Sandringham would be monumental, as the Middleton family has never even been invited to stay at the estate. Kate’s family has joined the royals for church service on Christmas morning before, but have stayed at the nearby Anmer Hall rather than Sandringham itself.
It looks like we’re going to have to wait until we have the official word or until Christmas Day to see if the Queen has made any exceptions. Either way, we look forward to seeing how all the royals are going to celebrate Christmas this year!
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