William and Harrys forgotten Christmas Eve tradition they abandoned 6 years ago

William and Harrys forgotten Christmas Eve tradition they abandoned 6 years ago

12/24/2022

The Royal Family are known to have a number of fun Christmas traditions, from exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve to heading out to church on Christmas morning.

The family all flock to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk each December to celebrate Christmas, with the likes of King Charles, the Queen Consort and the Prince and Princess of Wales all on the guest list.

The celebrations kick off on Christmas Eve with a formal dinner and the exchanging of gifts, but there was also a tradition that Prince Harry and Prince William used to stick to each year when they were younger.

On 24 December, the brothers would take part in charity football match with friends and staff from the Sandringham estate.

The match would be played on a pitch opposite the 12th-century home of Tory peer Lord Greville Howard, with Harry and William playing on opposing teams.

The football games would take place no matter the weather, and William was once seen sporting Aston Villa socks while Harry was brought to his knees after a vicious tackle during one game.

In 2016, the Christmas Eve tradition is believed to have come to an end as neither of the brothers turned up for the match despite both being invited to play.

William is believed to have missed the match as he spent Christmas in Berkshire with his wife Kate, 40, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Lord Howard reportedly said at the time: "They were not expected. One does not like to ask why, but they have enjoyed playing in previous years."

The football tradition has not restarted since, and with Harry and William no longer being close, it doesn't look like it will return anytime soon.

This year, Prince William will be heading to Sandringham with the rest of the Royals for a traditional Christmas – the family's first without Queen Elizabeth II.

Harry is believed to be spending Christmas in California, where he lives with wife Meghan Markle, 41, and their two children – Archie, three, and one year old Lilibet.

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