Harry and Meghan opt for ‘private Thanksgiving’ as they take ‘break’ from duties

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent Thanksgiving with Meghan's family as they enjoy their six-week break from royal duties, according to royal writers.

The Sussexes are in the United States taking a break from public life and reportedly opted for a "private Thanksgiving" with the Markles.

Buckingham Palace has so far not spoken about the whereabouts of Harry and Meghan while they spend their first Christmas as a family with baby Archie.

It follows weeks of speculation that the new couple would take Archie to celebrate his first Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with Meghan's mum Doria Ragland.

There have been rumours that Meghan may choose to have her second baby in the US as she snubs Britain — because it makes her lonely.

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Royal correspondent Omid Scobie said on his HeirPod Podcast that the Sussexes headed across the Atlantic to spend the holiday privately.

"The Sussexes are away, they're on their break right up until Christmas," he said.

"They celebrated Thanksgiving privately with close family, which is lovely."

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The couple will not attend Buckingham Palace tonight for the Queen's hosting of NATO leaders ahead of a summit.

"We know they're away, they're not even in the country," said Lizzie Robinson, ITV News' Royal Producer.

Scobie added: "It's a long-time trip that they're on, I think we are really going to see them away until Christmas as far as I'm aware, which is good for them."

He said an aide had told him the couple "welcomed the break".

It is believed that Meghan's mum Doria was likely to be hosting the new family at her home and that the getaway may extend until after Christmas.

Meghan, who was born in LA, was said to be keen to spend the holidays with her mother and wants her son to grow up aware of his American heritage.

It was expected that Meghan would be doing the cooking and the family wouldn't have any staff present.

Foodie Meghan used to give recipes and cooking tips on her blog The Tig before she met the Prince.

Last week, royal pundit Katie Nicholl told OK! Magazine: "Meghan loves being in the kitchen.

"She's a talented chef and takes great pleasure in bringing people together over a family meal.

"There won't be any staff helping her — she'll definitely be wearing the apron."

It has already been confirmed that Harry and Meghan won't be spending Christmas Day with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The Queen is said to be supportive of the move, and it comes after Prince William and Kate Middleton previously spent Christmas with Kate's parents and not with the Royal Family.

William and Kate will be at Sandringham for Christmas, along with their three children George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one.

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