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As the Christmas season unfolded, hopes lingered for a potential reconciliation within the Royal Family. However, these aspirations were dashed when Omid Scobie’s latest book, “Endgame,” was released, stirring more discord than healing. Contrary to expectations, Prince Harry and Meghan chose not to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas, despite earlier indications that they were open to such a reunion.

Amidst speculation by fans and experts that this could be the year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to mend relations with the Royal Family, the impact of “Endgame” became a significant stumbling block. Although not authored or endorsed by the Sussexes, Scobie’s perceived alliance with them contributed to the book causing more harm than good.

Royal expert Gareth Russell expressed on GB News that the Sussexes’ brand suffered damage from “Endgame,” with The Hollywood Reporter even labeling them as “the biggest losers.” Russell suggested that the timing of the book was unfavorable, emphasizing that the Sussexes tend to dominate headlines when they are seen as directly or indirectly attacking the Royal Family. He noted a decline in public sympathy, despite prior considerable interest in the couple.

On December 23, while the King and Queen Camilla attended St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and other royals gathered for the traditional Christmas celebrations. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, Prince Harry, Meghan, and their children opted to celebrate in California, marking their fifth consecutive Christmas away from the UK.

With the release of “Endgame” and the ongoing narrative, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s public image has been further mired in controversy, raising questions about the effectiveness of their strategy in garnering public support. Amidst these dynamics, relationship expert Louella Alderson, co-founder of So Syncd, speculated on the emotions Prince Harry might experience during the holiday season.

She suggested that house-hunting in the UK and a desire to spend Christmas there could evoke a sense of loneliness in Harry, highlighting the potential challenge of being away from British traditions and celebrations during the festive period. Despite being miles apart, those around the Sussexes are anticipated to ensure a “special holiday season,” but the absence from the UK might still weigh on Harry’s sentiments.

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