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Harry and Meghan to celebrate Thanksgiving with Archie

There is some speculation that the royal couple will be spending the American holiday in the US with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Chris Jackson/PA)
Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Chris Jackson/PA)

By Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to celebrate their first Thanksgiving with baby son Archie.

It is not clear whether Harry and Meghan have invited Doria Ragland, the duchess’s mother, to spend time with them in the UK or will travel to the US for the American national holiday, which falls on Thursday.

But there is growing speculation they may already be in America to give their son the full experience of a Thanksgiving in the country where his mother was born.

The Sussexes are not taking part in a major gathering of the British monarchy next Tuesday, when the Queen will lead her family in welcoming Nato leaders, including US president Donald Trump, to Buckingham Palace for a reception marking 70 years of the alliance.

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Doria Ragland (Brian Lawless/PA)

The couple are on an extensive festive break, thought to be six weeks, after a tumultuous year capped by the duke making a dramatic defence of his wife and attacking sections of the press he accused of bullying Meghan.

In a recent documentary the couple revealed their state of mind and the struggles they face as newlyweds and new parents, living in the public eye.

The ITV programme, filmed during the Sussexes’ visit to southern Africa in October, featured Harry saying he and his brother the Duke of Cambridge were now “on different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days” in their relationship.

Meghan described the past year as a member of the royal family as “hard”, and said her British friends had warned her not to marry Harry.

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This will be baby Archie’s first Thanksgiving (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The duchess told the programme she tried to cope with the pressures of her new life by putting on a “stiff upper lip”, but she was not prepared for the intensity of the tabloid interest.

It is thought Ms Ragland last saw her daughter around the birth of her grandson Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on Monday May 6 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz.

Ms Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, is likely to host Harry and Meghan at her Californian home and the getaway may extend until after Christmas.

It has already been announced the Sussexes will not 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 Meghan and Harry’s plans and it follows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s past decision to spend Christmas with Kate’s parents, and not with the Queen.

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