Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spend Christmas at their mansion in Montecito with Archie and Lilibet after las

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating Christmas with their two children at their mansion in Montecito, California, it is understood.

Harry, Meghan and their children Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, will spend the day at their family home, surrounded by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and their friends, sources have claimed.

The couple will be ‘cooking, playing games and swapping gifts’, an insider told US Weekly, adding that ‘they have a tough time trying not to spoil the kids too much.’

The Sussexes last joined the Royal Family for festive celebrations in 2018 at the estate in Sandringham, where the late Queen Elizabeth would host Christmas each year. King Charles and Queen Camilla have continued this tradition and today hosted their extended family for the holiday.

Last month, it was reported that Harry and Meghan would ‘not decline’ an offer to join His Majesty for the festive season. However, it appears an invitation was never extended as the pair did not accompany the other royals today.

Royal insiders have previously suggested that the King is more likely to invite Harry and Meghan to visit him in Scotland over the New Year – when the Prince and Princess of Wales would be at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk country home – than for Christmas. But it remains unclear if Charles has done so.

Harry, Meghan and their children Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, are spending Christmas Day at their family home in California, surrounded by Meghan's mother Doria Ragland and their friends, sources have claimed. The Sussexes are pictured with their children in their Christmas card photo in 2021

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Harry, Meghan and their children Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, are spending Christmas Day at their family home in California, surrounded by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and their friends, sources have claimed. The Sussexes are pictured with their children in their Christmas card photo in 2021

The Sussexes last joined the Royal Family for festive celebrations in 2018 at the estate in Sandringham. Harry and Meghan are pictured attending the Christmas Day church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate that year

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The Sussexes last joined the Royal Family for festive celebrations in 2018 at the estate in Sandringham. Harry and Meghan are pictured attending the Christmas Day church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate that year

Last week, Harry and Meghan released their family Christmas card for the year, wishing everyone a 'happy holiday season'. The Duke and Duchess used a photograph of them applauding, thanking their fans for 'all the support in 2023' in the professional online greeting issued by their non-profit organisation, the Archewell Foundation

As the Sussexes are likely just beginning to start their celebrations in Los Angeles, the royal Christmas has been in full swing in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Prince GeorgePrincess CharlottePrince Louis and cousin Mia Tindall joined William and Kate to greet well-wishers outside the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

The young royals looked confident as they mingled with the public outside the ceremony with George and Charlotte seen affably chatting with members of the public.

Louis, 5, was seen being escorted around the estate by Prince William who was also seen helping young Mia Tindall – the daughter of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

The private Norfolk estate will once again host the traditional royal festivities, with most of the family present.

The King and Queen, along with the Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, waved to well-wishers while attending a Christmas Eve service at the church on Sunday.

Charles was seen waving at the crowds who had gathered outside the Norfolk church to wish him and his family well this Christmas, walking alongside Camilla.

Kate smiled broadly as she walked to the church wearing an elegant blue coat and matching hat, holding her daughter Charlotte’s hand.

Her younger brother Prince Louis joined the rest of his family, and held his second-cousin’s Mia Tindall’s hand as they prepared to attend the service.

He grinned cheekily at the crowds and shared a joke with Mia, nine, who wore a long purple coat.

Their appearance side-by-side, with the rest of her family following behind, suggests a burgeoning friendship between the pair.

Zara and Mike Tindall held the hands of their other daughter Lena, while their youngest child Lucas, two, stayed at home.

The mother-of-three wore a long green coat, complete with a bespoke gold headband by Juliette Botterill.

On his other side, Prince William also held his son’s hand while Prince George dressed in a navy blue suit, walked alongside his sister.

Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank leave after attending the Christmas day service

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Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank leave after attending the Christmas day service

Kate was seen steering Louis as they left the church this morning

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Kate was seen steering Louis as they left the church this morning

King Charles waved to the crowds as he and Queen Camilla walked to the small chapel

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King Charles waved to the crowds as he and Queen Camilla walked to the small chapel

Prince Louis of Wales and Mia Tindall attend the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on December 25

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Prince Louis of Wales and Mia Tindall attend the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on December 25

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The Princess of Wales held her daughter Princess Charlotte’s hand on the way to the church service

Queen Camilla greeted around 1,000 wellwishers outside the church today

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Queen Camilla greeted around 1,000 wellwishers outside the church today

Kate and Charlotte smile at the crowds gathered to see the royal family this Christmas

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Kate and Charlotte smile at the crowds gathered to see the royal family this Christmas

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh joined the rest of their family at church this morning

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The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh joined the rest of their family at church this morning

The Princess Royal arrives at the church for this morning's service at Sandringham

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The Princess Royal arrives at the church for this morning’s service at Sandringham

Lady Louise Windsor accompanies her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, to church

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Lady Louise Windsor accompanies her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, to church

Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson also joined the rest of the royal family on Monday

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Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson also joined the rest of the royal family on Monday

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

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Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

Zara Tindall, Lena Tindall and Mike Tindall followed behind their Mia, who walked alongside Prince Louis

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Zara Tindall, Lena Tindall and Mike Tindall followed behind their Mia, who walked alongside Prince Louis

Kate, dressed entirely in blue, with Princess Charlotte, who donned a long green coat

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Kate, dressed entirely in blue, with Princess Charlotte, who donned a long green coat

The Princess of Wales briefly placed a comforting arm around Prince Louis’ shoulders before entering the church.

They walked behind the King and Queen, who were greeted by about a thousand local residents, many of whom had waited hours on Christmas morning to catch a glimpse of the family.

For the second year in succession the disgraced Duke of York walked from Sandringham to church with the family.

Andrew’s alleged links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will come under further scrutiny in the new year with the release of hundreds of files from a defamation case, after a ruling by a US judge.

His ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York appeared in public at Sandringham for the first time in years, walking beside her ex-husband and smiling broadly at the press.

Andrew’s daughters were with their husbands, Princess Beatrice with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Prince Eugenie with Jack Brooksbank.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh joined the rest of the royals on their way to the church. The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a bespoke version of the Claire Mischevani Kristen coat.

After the service, the royal family spoke to members of the public who had gathered outside the church.

The Prince and Princess of Wales attend church with their children, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, who holds the hand of Mia Tindall

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The Prince and Princess of Wales attend church with their children, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, who holds the hand of Mia Tindall

Prince Louis grinned as he shared a joke with Mia Tindall on Christmas morning

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Prince Louis grinned as he shared a joke with Mia Tindall on Christmas morning

George, Mia and Charlotte were seen exchanging a joke at the corner of the meet and greet

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George, Mia and Charlotte were seen exchanging a joke at the corner of the meet and greet

Prince William was on hand to help Louis greet the well-wishers who had waited hours for a glimpse of the royals

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Prince William was on hand to help Louis greet the well-wishers who had waited hours for a glimpse of the royals

Prince George was all smiles as he greeted the public outside the church

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Prince George was all smiles as he greeted the public outside the church

Prince George looked adept in the role as he was guided in his duties by Kate

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Prince George looked adept in the role as he was guided in his duties by Kate

Louis and Mia Tindall proved their close bond as they made their way around the event

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Louis and Mia Tindall proved their close bond as they made their way around the event

The Princess of Wales put a comforting arm around Prince Louis as they arrived to church on Monday

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The Princess of Wales put a comforting arm around Prince Louis as they arrived to church on Monday

Princess Charlotte beamed as she accepted a bouquet of flowers

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The King and Queen are to celebrate Christmas Day alongside other members of the royal family at Sandringham

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