Meghan and Harry may spend Archie's first Christmas with his American grandmother Doria at their newly-refurbished Windsor cottage as the disquiet over their decision to dodge festivities with the Queen and Prince Philip rumbled on today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will start a six-week break from royal duties on Monday and will avoid going to Sandringham for Christmas Day with other senior royals including Harry's elderly grandparents, his father Charles, brother William and his wife Kate.
Her Majesty has given her grandson her full support but intriguingly royals sources said the monarch was in the dark about his festive plans until he called her at Buckingham Palace yesterday to decline her open invite.
The location of their Christmas is a closely guarded secret but their new home Frogmore Cottage, nestled away from prying eyes in the grounds of Windsor Castle, is a possible destination.
They have spent more than £2.4million of public money knocking five smaller properties into one, adding new bathrooms and a kitchen as well a nursery for baby Archie and a spare room for Meghan's mother when she needs it.
The couple could also go abroad, either to the US and Canada where Meghan filmed Suits as they fell in love, or even Africa, which Harry views as his 'second home'. But with their well-known concerns about privacy they may prefer a UK Christmas.
DailyMail.com revealed last night that Doria will fly to Britain from Los Angeles before Thanksgiving to celebrate the November 28 holiday with her daughter, grandson and son-in-law.
Sources close to the Duchess of Sussex say the 38-year-old royal and her mother are considering spending the day helping out at a homeless shelter in London, not far from her home in Windsor, helping cook and serve the traditional roast turkey and pumpkin pie to those in need.
Harry, Meghan and Archie, pictured in South Africa in September, will spend Christmas with her mother Doria rather than the Queen and Prince this year and mother and daughter are expected to support the homeless in London over Thanksgiving, DailyMail.com has learned
This candid shot of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was taken by a member of the pubic at Sandringham at Christmas 2017 - but the royal couples will be apart this year amid rumours of tensions between the brothers
As Harry and Meghan confirmed Christmas away from the Queen, it emerged:Doria Ragland will jet to Britain imminently in time for Thanksgiving at the end of the month and will probably serve a traditional American meal to the homeless with her daughter; The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will start their six-break from royal duties after Sunday to spend time as a family - but Meghan's mother may also be there for most of it; Prince Harry telephoned the Queen yesterday to tell her that they would not come to Sandringham for Christmas - she gave her blessing Frogmore Cottage - their newly renovated Windsor home - is the most likely venue but royal sources have suggested a US or Africa trip could be on the table;
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend Christmas with Ms Ragland instead of the Queen, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, but Kensington Palace has not said if Meghan's mother will stay in Britain for the entirety of December.
The Queen, pictured in Aylesford earlier this month, has given Harry her blessing after her grandson called her yesterday at Buckingham Palace to let her know
Their decision has 'the support of the Queen', their spokesman said, because other members of the royal family Prince William and Kate have done the same in the past and gone to the Middletons at Christmas instead.
But the decision by the Sussexes will not stem speculation about their isolation from the rest of the family and tensions between Harry and his brother.
Last month William was said to be 'concerned' for his younger brother after he bared his soul in an emotional interview.
The Duke of Cambridge hoped his only sibling and his wife Meghan are 'all right' after both told of their struggles to cope as senior royals, a source said.
In a candid ITV documentary, Harry spoke about his mental health and his relationship with William, saying they have 'good days' and 'bad days' and are travelling on 'different paths'.
Meghan revealed friends had warned her about marrying into the Royal Family, while Harry described the way he deals with the pressures of his life as a matter of 'constant management'.
The £2.4m overhaul of Frogmore Cottage (pictured) was approved by the Queen, who is a regular visitor to the Sussexes' new home out of London - the most
Describing William's reaction to the programme, a senior royal source told the Daily Mail : 'The duke is concerned, as anyone would be watching the documentary.'
Sources also said William is 'worried' about his brother, hopes he is 'all right', and thinks the suggestion that Harry and Meghan are planning a six-week break from royal duties is probably a 'good thing' as they are in 'a fragile place', the BBC reported.
Frogmore Cottage, 19th century property gifted to the Sussexes by the Queen, has cost approaching £3million to convert.
The major works lasting more than a year have been completed and the couple will be tempted to enjoy them this Christmas.
It been converted into five smaller staff houses and needed to be turned back into a single home. Ceilings and floors were replaced along with the addition of new bathrooms, bedrooms for the family and guests and a kitchen.
Harry and Meghan were living together at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace after their engagement in November 2017.
They were offered the palace's grander Apartment 1, which boasts 21 rooms and adjoins William and Kate's Apartment 1A, but chose to move 20 miles away to Frogmore Cottage instead.
Ever since the Sussexes and the Cambridges have been dogged by reports of a major feud.
US and Canada
Meghan's mother Doria is coming to the UK for Thanksgiving but there is a chance they could choose to fly back to America with her in December.
The couple spent long periods together in Toronto while Meghan filmed Suits in the early, secret stage of their relationship.
The Duchess of Sussex is known to love New York and many of her best friends are based there - hence why she chose it as the destination for her baby shower in February.
They could choose to join Doria in LA, but that appears less likely.
Harry and Meghan may choose a trip to Africa - a continent they love and where both have done charity and animal conservation work.
The weather in that part of southern Africa is warmest and driest in the run up to Christmas, near-guaranteeing them good weather.
They could choose Namibia, South Africa or Botswana, where they visited recently and could allow them privacy.
The fifth in line to the throne was said to be seriously considering it as an idyllic honeymoon destination after the three-week trip.
But royal sources scotched rumours that William had been 'furious' about the timing of the programme, which ITV began trailing towards the end of his own