Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated Thanksgiving quietly in their Montecito, California home despite the announcement that the Duchess of Sussex suffered a miscarriage in July. The royal couple had a quiet celebration with home-cooked meals made with fresh vegetables from their garden and other traditional Thanksgiving dishes.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who lives nearby in Los Angeles came over to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Sussexes, while baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor reportedly had a swell time with his growing family. The British royal couple sent out a Thanksgiving message on Instagram to all Americans and wished them all a happy celebration.
“Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,” they wrote, and then signed it as “Their royal highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.
Prince Harry and Duchess Markle had earlier planned to celebrate the coming Christmas in the UK, but they changed their minds because the country is now in its second COVID-19 lockdown and international trips are very restricted for many people at the moment. Moreover, Markle’s in-person court trial against the Mail on Sunday in the UK has been shifted to the fall of next year, so travel is not so urgent for the family at the moment.
This Thanksgiving celebration would be the first-ever for Harry and Markle since they settled down in the United States. Many residents of the Santa Barbara community of Montecito in California are satisfied that the royal couple is in their midst. And the family did not allow the miscarriage suffered by Markle in July to dampen their joys in any visible way. The duchess described the experience as an “unbearable grief” and credited Harry for the strength to bear the loss.
“I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand,” she recalled. “I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal. Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heartbreak as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?'”
Since Harry and Markle stepped down from their royal duties and relocated to the US early this year, they have focused their attention on campaigns for social justice, gender equality, and media literature for all. They have also been engaged in speaking engagements and paid handsomely to speak at conferences, while Netflix reportedly paid them $100 million to produce children’s programs that will be streamed on the network’s service.