Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spend Christmas at their mansion in Montecito with Archie and Lilibet after last joining royal family for festive celebrations in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating Christmas with their two children at their mansion in Montecito, California, it is understood.

Harry, Meghan and their children Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, will spend the day at their family home, surrounded by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and their friends, sources have claimed.

The couple will be ‘cooking, playing games and swapping gifts’, an insider told US Weekly, adding that ‘they have a tough time trying not to spoil the kids too much.’

The Sussexes last joined the Royal Family for festive celebrations in 2018 at the estate in Sandringham, where the late Queen Elizabeth would host Christmas each year. King Charles and Queen Camilla have continued this tradition and today hosted their extended family for the holiday.

Last month, it was reported that Harry and Meghan would ‘not decline’ an offer to join His Majesty for the festive season. However, it appears an invitation was never extended as the pair did not accompany the other royals today.

Royal insiders have previously suggested that the King is more likely to invite Harry and Meghan to visit him in Scotland over the New Year – when the Prince and Princess of Wales would be at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk country home – than for Christmas. But it remains unclear if Charles has done so.

As the Sussexes are likely just beginning to start their celebrations in Los Angeles, the royal Christmas has been in full swing in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and cousin Mia Tindall joined William and Kate to greet well-wishers outside the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

The young royals looked confident as they mingled with the public outside the ceremony with George and Charlotte seen affably chatting with members of the public.

Louis, 5, was seen being escorted around the estate by Prince William who was also seen helping young Mia Tindall – the daughter of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.