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Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie are spending "private time" in Canada over the holidays

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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 7-month-old son Archie will miss Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas gathering at her Sandringham estate.

Palace officials 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 is taking a break from royal duties. 

Kensington Palace released a photo of the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and William's six-year-old son, George, preparing a traditional Christmas pudding for the charity Poppy British Legion's "Together at Christmas" initiative.   

Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, was admitted to a London hospital on Friday. The palace said Philip didn't travel by ambulance and his admission wasn't an emergency. He is expected to be in the hospital for a few days.

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.

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