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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to celebrate their first Thanksgiving with their baby son Archie on Thursday.

It is not clear whether Harry and Meghan have invited Doria Ragland, the duchess’ mother, to spend time with them in the UK or whether they will travel to the US for the country’s national holiday.

There is a growing speculation that the family have arrived in the US to give their son the full experience of a Thanksgiving in the country where his mother was born.

The Sussexes are not taking part in a major gathering of the British monarchy next Tuesday.

The Queen will lead her family in welcoming NATO leaders, including US President Donald Trump, to Buckingham Palace for a reception marking 70 years of the alliance.

The couple are on an extensive festive break which is thought to be six weeks long.

It comes after an eventful year capped by the duke making a dramatic defence of his wife and attacking sections of the press he accused of bullying Meghan.

The duke and duchess pose with the newborn son in May
The duke and duchess pose with their newborn son in May

In a recent ITV documentary, the couple revealed their state of mind and struggles they face as newlyweds and new parents living in the public eye.

The programme, filmed during the Sussexes’ visit to southern Africa in October, featured Harry saying he and his brother the Duke of Cambridge were now “on different paths”.

He added they have “good days” and “bad days” in their relationship.

Meghan described the past year as a member of the Royal Family as “hard”, and said her British friends had warned her not to marry Harry.

The duchess told the programme she tried to cope with the pressures of her new life by putting on a “stiff upper lip”, but she was not prepared for the intensity of the tabloid interest.

It is thought Ms Ragland last saw her daughter around the birth of her grandson Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on Monday 6 May at 5.26am, weighing 7lbs 3oz.

Ms Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, is likely to host Harry and Meghan at her Californian home and the getaway may extend until after Christmas.

The Duchess of Sussex says she has found the focus on her after her marriage and giving birth a struggle.

Duchess: Struggle being mum under spotlight

It has already been announced the Sussexes will not be spending Christmas Day with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The Queen is said to be supportive of Meghan and Harry’s plans.

It follows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s past decision to spend Christmas with Kate’s parents, and not with the Queen.

Hollywood actress Helena Bonham-Carter has given the duchess some advice after she was asked her opinion on the “negative press” Meghan receives.

Bonham-Carter told the US chat show Watch What Happens Live: “All I’d say to her is as soon as you become well known and in the public domain, you have to kind of accept that, possibly, you’re all that people think of you and write about you. And whatever, that’s about them and it’s not really about her.”

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