Harry and Meghan ‘to snub’ Christmas with King as relations ‘near rock bottom’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have turned down an invite to spend Christmas with King Charles in light of the explosive fallout over the Duke of Sussex’s new book, royal sources claim.

Insiders said relations between Buckingham Palace and the controversial California couple are “near rock bottom” following the upcoming release of Harry’s bombshell book, Spare.

Despite expectations of an improvement in relations after the death of Queen Elizabeth, sources told The Mirror the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had “no plans” to join the monarch, Prince William and Kate Middleton for a festive celebration.

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It marks the family’s first Christmas without the late Queen, at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

One person close to the Royal Family told the newspaper: “This book could spell the end for any relationship Harry wants to have with his family, it’s desperately sad.

“Everyone is bracing themselves for yet another fraught and frantic period at the mercy of the Sussexes.”

Another claimed top royals had been “completely caught by surprise” by Harry’s provocative book title, which is said to be a reference to growing up in the shadow of his older brother and heir Prince William.

The controversial title was kept a secret from Buckingham Palace until it was confirmed by publishers Penguin Random House yesterday (Thursday, October 27).

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It promises the "landmark publication" will be "raw" with "unflinching honesty" as Harry offers "insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief".

The bombshell release, at the start of 2023, will see Prince Harry earn a whopping £36million for his three-book deal.

Explosive revelations are expected and the Duke could further detail controversial topics that he has addressed in the past, including disputed allegations of racism made to Oprah Winfrey and the “genetic pain” of his childhood.

Other key topics that royal fans will be keeping an eye out for include the fallout from the divorce of his mother Lady Diana and his father, as well as the impact of Diana’s tragic death in a Paris car crash in 1997.

The Daily Star has approached representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.

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