Harry and Meghan have had a tough year, one plagued by changes, including two international moves, a miscarriage, and a global pandemic. But sources close to the couple say that they’re optimistic over the future, and that they are on better terms with the royal family.
Vanity Fair reports that Harry’s relationship with William is, according to a family friend, “much better than it was.” The brothers have been in regular contact and the Sussexes have sent Christmas gifts to Cambridge. “I have no doubt they will be video calling each other over Christmas,” said the friend.
For their part, the Sussexes plan on hosting a quiet Christmas celebration with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. Meghan supervised the menu and will be cooking.
Harry and Meghan were busy throughout the year, even if the pandemic has delayed the launch of their charity, Archewell, and has changed the way in which they prefer to work. “They value being able to connect with people in person,” said the friend. “That’s why they’ve done various bits of volunteering, some of which were public while some have remained private.”
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Still, the couple has remained engaged with their individual charities and have made some appearances in several Los Angeles based charities. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Meghan did a video for her alma mater, Northwestern University, and the couple did a video for Time 100 on the importance of voting, which caused some stress for royals. In this video, Harry revealed that he’d never been able to vote in the past due to his ties to the royal family.
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In 2021, the couple has a lot to look forward to, including the launch of their U.S. based charities and a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix, which will be made up of family friendly content that’s informative and entertaining.