Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking a break from public life

The Sussexes are going on sabbatical

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The Sussexes are going on sabbatical

It's been a busy year for the Sussex family, what with welcoming their first child and attending various public engagements all over the world.

Most recently, the couple have of course undertaken a royal tour of Southern Africa, having to follow several royal tour rules in the process. A chaotic schedule for any couple, let alone one with a five-month-old baby in tow.

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But we can all now breathe a sigh of relief on their behalf, as The Sunday Times reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take a six week break in the run up to Christmas, starting next month. Completely understandable, especially given that Meghan admitted she's 'not ok' in a recent TV interview.

During the TV appearance, Prince Harry addressed rumours of a feud with Prince William. A source has since told the BBC that Prince William 'is worried' about his brother and Meghan following the ITV documentary.

'The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,' a royal source told The Sunday Times.

We're also glad to hear that Meghan will likely be visiting her mum, Doria Ragland, in the US during her and Prince Harry's break. The timing means that the family will most likely spend Thanksgiving with Archie's grandmother, before returning to the UK for Christmas here.

This of course also means that Archie will be visiting America for the first time! How lovely.

News of the couple's break comes just a few weeks after the announcement that they would be taking legal action against select UK publications.

'I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,' Prince Harry wrote in a statement published on the Sussex Official website at the time. 'I have been a silent witness to her private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.

'We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it.'

Here's to the couple enjoying some much-needed time off and putting their feet up for a bit.

Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.