Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are going to be spending time alone during Christmas.
British royals tend to meet up during the holiday season, but sources have said this week William and Kate will only spend part of Christmas with Queen Elizabeth II at her home in Sandringham.
After that they’ll head to their residence at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, the insider told the Independent.
“William spoke to the Queen about doing their own thing, especially since Kate has been suffering with acute morning sickness. He thought it would be nice for her to have a low-key Christmas. The Queen agreed,” the source was quoted as saying.
They’ll also have Prince George with them.
“Kate, William and George will join the royal family on Christmas morning before parting ways until Boxing Day. They will rejoin on Boxing Day for the annual shoot,” the person continued.
Since the two got married in 2011, they have spent Christmas with Kate’s family. Reports last year said that William definitely enjoys Christmas with the Middletons.
“Christmas in previous years has been formal and duty-filled. Timetables and instructions were even handed out to guests! But Wills’ Christmas with the Middletons last year made him realise how much more enjoyable the festive period could be and he’s been campaigning with Kate to bring that informal flavor to the royal fold,” another source said.
The person added: “He’s bought a lot of board games – the sillier the better. The idea is to play games like Pictionary and charades, which will bring people out of themselves. [His brother] Harry’s even suggested bringing a [Nintendo] Wii console! He loves to dance and sing – especially after a few mulled wines – so there are some great games and karaoke competitions you can play.”
After that, William will probably prepare for his trip to China and Japan in the spring.
The prince, without his wife, will visit the two countries. While in Tokyo, he will discuss UK-Japan relations. He will also speak about combating illegal wildlife trade, including the heavy ivory and rhino horn demand in Asia–particularly in China.
Kate will not be able to attend because she is slated to give birth in April.
But in early December, the couple will visit New York City and Washington, DC.
US reporters were asked not to wear informal clothing like jeans or sneakers.
“Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit,” reads the royal website. “Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”