New parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t spend Archie’s first Christmas with the rest of the Royals.

Reportedly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with baby Archie of course, will celebrate the holiday with Markle’s mother—and not with Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham.

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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According to, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying, “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.” The statement continued, “This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t the first royals to spend time away from the rest of the family during the holidays. In 2016 Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte celebrated with the Middletons. The family attended a Christmas service at a church in Bucklebury, near the Duchess of Cambridge’s childhood home.

So where will Prince Harry and Markle spend their holiday? As of now, there are no details on where Archie, and his parents, will celebrate.

—Erica Loop

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