Harry and Meghan are expected to spend Christmas in California this year (Picture: PA)
Instead, the couple will spend the festive season in California with their children, Archie, two and five-month-old Lilibet.
This Christmas will be the Queen’s first without her husband Prince Philip, who died in April.
The monarch herself has had a couple of health scares in recent weeks and has been forced to pull out of public engagements on doctor’s advice.
The royals traditionally spend Christmas at Sandringham in west Norfolk.
The countryside estate is a family favourite and was where the Duke of Edinburgh spent much of his life after retiring from official duties.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to have been invited to join the festivities but are set to decline, Page Six has reported.
This Christmas will be the Queen’s first without Prince Philip (Picture: PA)
A royal source told the site: ‘There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff know that Harry and Meghan are not coming.
‘If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.
‘But this is Her Majesty’s first Christmas without her husband, so one would have hoped they would want to be with her.’
It is understood Harry and Meghan have decided to stay in California to ‘avoid a media frenzy’ upon their return to the UK.
The source said: ‘I think everyone understands there will be a frenzy when they both come back to the UK, but they need to rip the [Band-Aid] off and get on with it.’
On Wednesday, the Queen was pictured standing for the first time without a walking stick since spraining her back and missing Remembrance Sunday events.
It was also the first time she had been photographed carrying out an in-person engagement since October 19.
The Queen’s latest injury followed another health scare last month when the 95-year-old had to spend a night in hospital and following doctor’s advice to rest was forced to cancel two trips.
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