Royals 'disappointed' Harry, Meghan snubbing family Christmas parties for Canadian escapade - report

Prince Harry, wife Meghan Markle, and son Archie will spend Christmas in Canada as they continue to keep a low-profile - but that's reportedly annoyed some in the royal family.

The Toronto Star reported that the famous royals will spend time with Markle's mother, Doria, in Canada throughout the northern hemisphere's winter break. 

It means the pair will miss the Queen's annual series of Christmas parties, but the Star says they have Queen Elizabeth's permission.

Others in the royal family aren't happy, however, reports Entertainment Today (ET).

ET says a royal source said family members were "disappointed" Harry and Meghan were skipping the traditional festivities. Along with a set of parties at Buckingham Palace, the royals typically meet at Sandringham before Christmas.

"Some members of the family think the couple should have considered [the] Queen and Prince Philip's advancing age," ET's source says. It comes as Philip was taken to hospital on Saturday as a precautionary measure to a preexisting condition.

Royals 'disappointed' Harry, Meghan snubbing family Christmas parties for Canadian escapade - report
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Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children will be in attendance at Sandringham. Harry said he and his brother William were on "different paths" in October as reports of a feud escalated.

Markle, the former actress and now Duchess, is familiar with Toronto, having filmed the television series Suits in the city. It is also where Markle was living when she first began dating the Prince.

The pair's Canadian escapade is part of their six-week break from their royal duties. It comes after a hectic year for the couple, that included the birth of their baby, fighting back against press coverage with a lawsuit, and a tour of Africa.

While they are in Canada, it is expected Meghan will catch up with many friends she hasn't spent significant time with since joining the royal family.

The Daily Mail - which first reported the family were travelling to Canada - says they will likely go less noticed in Canada than in the United States, where Markle was born.

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