Looks like Meghan Markle may be going home for the holidays.
Recent reports say that she and Prince Harry are considering spending Christmas in the United States with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. Their infant son, baby Archie, will travel with them.
This comes after the news that the family of three is thinking about coming stateside for Thanksgiving as well. The royal couple is taking extended time off from their official duties come late-November—and, it seems, they’re seriously toying with spending much of their break in Markle’s native country. Which makes sense: while the Sussexes spend much of their time around Prince Harry’s family—they do live in Queen Elizabeth’s backyard, after all—they don’t get to see Markle’s nearly as much.
And although it’s royal tradition for the Windsors to spend Christmas at Sandringham, the Queen’s 20,000-acre Jacobethan estate in Norfolk, it’s not unheard of for family members to take the occasional year off: Prince William and Kate Middleton, for example, have celebrated the holidays at the Middleton home in Buckleberry. (Although, London’s Sunday Times reported a few weeks ago that the Sussexes may still make the journey.)
But, it seems probable that they will spend at least part of the holiday season in the States. And where will they go? The most likely answer is to Los Angeles, where Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, lives. There could also be a stop in New York, where the Duchess visited for her baby shower in February and the U.S. Open in September. Plus, the East Coast city is a shorter flight from London.
Despite living across the pond, it seems Markle’s mother will play an active role in her grandson’s life. She was also on hand for his birth in May and attended his christening in July.
Their trip also highlights how the Duchess of Sussex is maintaining her American roots and encouraging Archie to have them, too.
So how will the Sussexes do Thanksgiving and the holidays? Ultimate foodie Markle will inevitably take on some of the cooking. Back when she had an Instagram, she showed off her culinary skills on the holiday, posting a throwback picture in front of a perfectly crisp turkey in jeans and aviators. “Oh, that time I roasted a pretty perfect Thanksgiving turkey!” she wrote. ”The question is, can I do it again? The pressure is on!”