Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan, son Archie in Canada for Christmas

A September 2019 photo in South Africa shows Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan with their son Archie.
A September 2019 photo in South Africa shows Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan with their son Archie.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AP) - Prince Harry's office has confirmed that he and his family will be spending "private time" in Canada over the Christmas holidays.

Harry, his wife Meghan and their seven-month-old son Archie will miss Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas gathering at her Sandringham estate.

Palace officials on Friday night confirmed Harry's family is in Canada but did not provide details.

Meghan lived in Canada for many years before she married Harry while she was filming the TV series Suits.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the family with a tweet.

"Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we're all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada," he said.

"You're among friends, and always welcome here."

The couple are taking a break from royal duties.

Harry has said that he and his brother Prince William are going in different directions at the moment.

He has also complained about intrusive press coverage of his young family.