Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to spend Christmas in the United States with the Duke’s “surrogate” father David Foster, a source said.
The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, are set to host their own Christmas party in Los Angeles and plan to invite his “surrogate” father, Canadian record producer David, and his wife Katharine McPhee, to a reported The Mirror.
“Meghan really wants to welcome the first Christmas to their new home with her mom,” a source close to the couple said. “She is really excited and plans to practice all of the traditions she grew up with as a child, including cooking. “
This will be the couple’s second year spending Christmas away from the Queen and other royals – after spending the final holiday season with the Duchess’s mother Doria Ragland and their son Archie in Canada.
Prince William, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, will not be returning to the UK for Christmas and instead spend the celebrations in Los Angeles with Harry’s ‘surrogate’ father David Foster, a source said.
This will mark the second year that Prince Harry will spend the holiday season away from his grandmother the Queen, 94 (pictured during the ceremony of awarding the knighthood to Captain Tom Moore on July 17, 2020)
The royal couple previously spent every Christmas since their engagement in 2017 at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
McPhee, 36, has known the Duchess of Sussex from her high school days in Los Angeles, having attended the same high school.
According to the source, David Foster and Katherine McPhee have offered to host the festivities at their home, however, Meghan has offered that she and Harry host their home.
It comes after another source told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that the royal couple are enjoying their new life in California and their new home, and have no plans to return to the UK for Christmas.
Canadian record producer David Foster, 70, and his wife Katharine McPhee, 36, are set to spend Christmas with the Sussexes, according to reports (pictured in Beverly Hills in 2018)
They also suggested that Harry and Meghan might try to avoid tensions after the reported fall of the ‘Fab Four’.
“Let’s just say if things are going better between Harry and his brother, that’s not what it was, and I don’t think anyone is up for a comfortable family Christmas right now,” the source added.
It comes as royal historian and biographer Robert Lacey is set to publish a book titled Battle Of Brothers, which breaks down – in uncompromising detail – the feud between Prince William and Prince Harry.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “When I started to look into this supposed feud between the two princes, I couldn’t believe it.
A source close to the couple claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan were trying to avoid tensions following rumors of a split between the Duke of Sussex and his brother Prince William (pictured, attending the Commonwealth Day service of this year at Westminster)
“I thought it was newspapers stirring something that wasn’t there. I didn’t want to believe it, actually. None of us do. Yet it most certainly exists. In fact, it’s worse than you think.
He continued, “Some people say, ‘Oh, that doesn’t matter. It will explode. But that’s not what historians will say ten years from now.
“If this rift between the brothers is not healed somehow, the abdication crisis and Diana’s death will be one of the traumas that changed the monarchy.
“It’s time to change things in a positive direction, but at the moment the Palace is not working in that direction. “