Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first Thanksgiving with Archie and Lilibet

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have celebrated their first Thanksgiving as a family-of-four after welcoming daughter Lilibet in June.

For the second year in a row, the couple have marked the US holiday at their home in exclusive Montecito, California.

And the family will have spent the day together before enjoying a meal prepared by Meghan.

In her recent interview on The Ellen Show, the duchess revealed they'll "relax" and make the most of time spent together.

"I love to cook, we'll be at home and just relax and sort of settle in," she said.

"It's our second Thanksgiving at home in California, so it will be nice."

The couple moved into their home last summer during Covid lockdowns.

Meghan told Ellen: "We moved here during lockdown, exactly when things shut down, so we've just been able to spend a lot of time at home and creating our home, but I think it's just the lifestyle and the weather is pretty great.

"We're just happy."

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The Sussexes are likely to have held a traditional Thanksgiving for their children.

Last year, they spent the day with Archie and Meg's mum Doria Ragland.

A source told Elle they'd have a "quiet" home-cooked dinner using fresh vegetables from their garden.

Meghan is known to be a fan of the holiday – and in 2016 shared photos of her "perfect Thanksgiving turkey" on Instagram.

She told her fans she cooked the bird on the barbecue, rather than in the oven, to make sure the skin was as crispy as possible.

The duchess also shared Thanksgiving recipes on her now-defunct blog The Tig.

In America, the day marks the beginning of the lead-up to Christmas.

FAMILY DAY

There's been plenty of speculation on whether the Sussexes plan a return to the UK this year.

It's understood the family had been invited to join the Royal Family at Sandringham – with the Queen doubtless hoping to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time.

However, sources claim they'll remain in America to avoid a "media frenzy".

It will be the first Christmas for the family since Prince Philip's death in April.

One insider told Page Six: "There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff know that Harry and Meghan are not coming.

"If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.

"But this is Her Majesty’s first Christmas without her husband, so one would have hoped they would want to be with her."

The monarch is understood to be "sad" that she's spent so little time with Archie.

It's reported that she also believes she won't meet Lilibet unless Meghan and Harry return to the UK.

The Sussexes have not commented on the claims.


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