A royal expert claims that Prince William and Kate Middleton will gift Christmas presents this year to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Archie’s children Lilibet and Lilibet.   

This is despite reports of a rift between Prince William’s and Harry’s brothers, as the Duke of Sussex revealed earlier in the year during an interview with Oprah. He described their relationship this way: ‘Space’.  

Royal Correspondent author and broadcaster Katie Nicholl, author of Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, alleged the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give gifts to their whole family – including their nephew and niece 

“Yes. [they will send presents]. They give gifts to the whole family and that includes all of their nieces and nephews,’ she said, speaking to OK! magazine.

Katie Nicholls comments came amid speculation that Harry (37), and Meghan (44) will not spend Christmas together with the Royal Family. 

Kate and William with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George , pictured last December attending a special pantomime performance at the Palladium Theatre

Kate and William with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George , pictured last December attending a special pantomime performance at the Palladium Theatre

Harry and Meghan pictured earlier this year with son Archie, in an image shared in March this year to celebrate the upcoming arrival of daughter Lilibet, who was born in June this year

Harry and Meghan with Archie in March of this year’s image. The photo was taken to celebrate Lilibet’s birth in June.

Instead, it is thought the Sussexes may spend the holidays in their £11 million mansion in the Californian enclave of Montecito.  

According to media reports, the couple refused an invitation from the Queen to celebrate with them and other relatives because of fear about the negative publicity that such trips could bring.    

One royal source said to Page Six that there is a lot involved in the logistics of family Christmas. Staff know Harry and Meghan won’t be attending. If they had been, they would have informed their family. 

“But this is Her Majesty’s 1st Christmas without her husband. So one would have expected they would want her to be there.”

In addition to losing her husband of 73-years, Princess Philip, the monarch (95), has suffered from several health issues which have forced her to miss many events lately. These included Remembrance Sunday commemorations last week, often considered one of the most important days in her calendar.  

Harry pictured here with Meghan during their interview with Oprah Winfrey, discussed his relationship with William during the conversation in March. He described it as 'space'

Harry is pictured with Meghan in their Oprah Winfrey interview. They also discussed William’s relationship during that conversation. It was like’space.’

These incidents have led to this year being described as  another ‘annus horribilis’ for Queen Elizabeth, in a recent documentary called 2021: The Queen’s Horrible Year, which aired last week on Channel 5.

“Annus horribilis” was Queen Elizabeth’s famous phrase to describe 1992. It saw the destruction of Prince Andrew and Princess Anne’s marriages, plus a large fire at Windsor Castle. 

Among her woes in 2021, her Majesty endured her son Prince Andrew face questions over his controversial friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. 

But a number of the prominent royal commentators and insiders featured on the documentary felt the tumultuous year could result in the Monarchy being strengthened.

Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate, pictured here in July 2018, will not spend Christmas together this year, according to reports

According to reports, Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince William will not be spending Christmas this year together.

Stewart Purvis (CBE), a former TV executive, and documentary producer added, “In the past year, Queen Elizabeth has lost her husband.” [and]Her grandson is semi-detached.   

“But she has symbolized so many of the things we expect from a Royal Family that I believe there is more respect for her than ever.”

“I feel that the Royal Family’s future will be more secure because of her leadership during these tough months.”   

Charles Anson was the press secretary to Queen Elizabeth between 1990-97. He added, “Our monarchy’s strength is its ability to adapt.

“It’s changing but I believe, provided the values are there, it can change for the good.”