Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Skipped the Queen's Christmas Lunch

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Their absence is unuaul but not unprecedented.
Today, Queen Elizabeth welcomes her extended family to Buckingham Palace for her annual Christmas lunch. The occasion is a rare moment for her clan to come together, much the way they gather every June for Trooping the Colour, the official celebration of the Queen's birthday. This event, however, is private, a true family reunion and not a ceremonial occasion.

All the Queen's children are there (including Prince Andrew, who last month stepped back from his public duties following enormous public criticism of his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein), along with several of her grandchildren.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte arriving at the lunch. Aaron Chown - PA Images Getty Images

There is a notable absence, however: The queen's grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are not attending this year. They have been on a six-week break from royal duties since just before Thanksgiving, which they reportedly spent with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland in California. It was baby…
Elizabeth Angell
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