Prince Harry's formerly close relationship with his brother William and his family was once illustrated by a hilarious Christmas present from Kate Middleton.
Harry and Meghan, along with their children Archie and Lilibet, will stay in California rather than join up with the rest of the royals at the family’s Sandringham estate next week.
The Duke of Sussex was previously a key part of the family's festive celebrations and he spent almost every year with his nearest and dearest.
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But things are different this year in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s divisive new Netflix docuseries, which saw a number of The Royal Family face flak as the pair complained about their treatment when they were working members of the family.
When things were a little less hostile behind the Palace's doors, Harry’s sister-in-law Kate is believed to have bought him a rather bold joke present, the Mirror reports.
She gave her brother-in-law the present during Harry's bachelor days following a string of high-profile relationships, prior to dating Meghan.
So what was Kate's present? It was a 'grow-your-own-girlfriend' kit.
As tradition had it, the family would sit down and open their presents together – meaning The Queen would have been watching as Harry unwrapped his present.
The royal’s have another peculiar Christmas custom. Rather than race from their bedrooms on Christmas morning to open their gifts – they actually do it the day before on Christmas Eve.
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The present exchange supposedly takes place at around 6pm in Sandringham's white drawing room, as the royals try to sneakily place their gifts in the room earlier that afternoon without being caught.
Charles has pre-recorded his historic, first-ever Christmas Broadcast as monarch, where he will no doubt reflect on the loss of his mother and her legacy.
Traditionally, members of The Royal Family sit down to watch the televised address when it airs after lunch, usually at 3pm on Christmas Day.
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