The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are believed to be planning to spend Christmas in the Berkshire countryside with the Middleton family instead. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph Magazine Stella Carole Middleton hints that the grandchildren will be joining her this year as she explains how Christmas Day is traditionally spent in the Middleton household. She said: “I try not to be too set when it comes to the schedule. Generally, we got to church in the morning, then a walk, open a few presents (with more in the evening).
“Then champagne and smoked salmon for lunch, and the main Christmas meal in the evening – but with young grandchildren, maybe we’ll move that forward and have it at lunchtime.”
Kate’s younger bother James recently said during an interview on German television: “Christmas is all about family and gives the Middletons a chance to regroup.”
The last time Prince William spent Christmas with his in-laws was in 2016.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting to spend Christmas with The Queen and Prince Philip in Norfolk.
It adds to mounting speculation that the Duchess of Sussex and her sister-in-law Kate are not as good as friends as it was previously thought.
There was an explosive row about the treatment of staff, denied by the Palace, that happened before Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May, a source told The Sun.
They said: “Her and Kate fell out when she b*****ked Kate’s staff.”
Kate reportedly told the 37-year-old Duchess: “That’s unacceptable, they’re my staff and I speak to them.”
The spat was believed to be a one-off.
The source said: “It’s a tricky situation, but it was a one-off and they are determined to maintain a positive relationship even though they are obviously very different in their approach.”
A Kensington Palace spokesman said of the row claims: “This never happened.”
Reports of escalating tensions started to stir after it was announced Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan will be moving to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor early next year as they prepare to become parents.
In a statement confirming the move, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
“The couple has lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year.”
“Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”