Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be "packed like sardines" at the Queen’s Sandringham estate this Christmas – rather than staying at William and Kate’s 10-bedroom home nearby.
There have long been rumours of a growing rift between the two royal couples.
Now it’s been reported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex WON’T stay at William and Kate’s Anmer Hall this Christmas – unlike last year when the four spent Christmas together at the Georgian country home.
Instead, Meghan and Harry will stay in Sandringham House this year with the Queen and a host of other royals.
Each year the monarch invites her nearest and dearest to her Norfolk estate for Christmas.
But the growing ranks of the royal family mean it’s becoming harder and harder to accommodate everyone – and this year it’s expected to number around 30 people.
In recent years, some junior members of the royal family have even stayed in servants’ quarters or other cottages on the estate.
Therefore, it would make sense for Meghan and Harry to stay at William and Kate’s again where they will no doubt have more room.
But the Mail on Sunday reports the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be "packed like sardines" under the Queen’s "cramped" roof at Sandringham.
A source suggested the Sussexes stayed at Anmer Hall last year because at that point they hadn’t tied the knot – and royal protocol dictates it is inappropriate for unmarried couples to stay in the main house.
However, the news will do nothing to end talk of a growing gulf between the Sussexes and Cambridges.
There were conflicting reports that Meghan had banned Harry from the traditional royal pheasant hunt this Christmas.
Sources have previously said Meghan and Kate are "very different people" who just "don’t get on".
Prince Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child in the spring, are moving out of Kensington Palace, where they currently live next door to William and Kate, to live in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Royal insiders have claimed Meghan has been nicknamed "Duchess Difficult" by those behind the palace doors.
And there are rumours Kate, 36, was "left in tears" during a "stressful" fitting for Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress ahead of Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
The Royals at Christmas
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