William and Kate meet forces serving overseas over Christmas

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will be joining Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Queen's Sandringham gathering despite rumours of a royal rift.

William went on to note, how much the public appreciated the service men and women's efforts, saying, "We know this isn't easy for you or your wives, husbands, children and friends back in the United Kingdom but on behalf of everyone at home, we'd like to say a big thank you".

On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, stepped out in a very festive outfit that included an ankle-length pleated tartan skirt ($1,112) from one of her favorite designers, Emilia Wickstead.

Families from RAF Marham and RAF Coningsby were invited to the palace for party games and Christmas activities.

A recent story by The Sun claims that before Meghan and Prince Harry's May wedding, the Duchess of Cambridge told Meghan not to berate members of her team at Kensington Palace, saying, "That's unacceptable, they're my staff and I speak to them".

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They also met personnel from the lead infantry company of 2 Mercians, who have recently been supporting Op TORAL in Afghanistan. Approximately 7,500 military personnel are now serving overseas at Christmas.

Kate, who looked festive in a plaid skirt by Emilia Wickstead, delivered a speech at the party in which she thanked the military families for their service. "I'm sorry that we couldn't bring your families with us for Christmas".

The royal couple also played games with the children and helped them make Christmas cards and treats for their loved ones which William and Catherine will take with them on a special Royal Mail flight bound for RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on Thursday. "It can be particularly hard and of course Kate has an understanding of what it's like for someone to be away for long periods of time when they're serving with the military".

Right now, multiple sources have confirmed to Vanity Fair's royal correspondent Katie Nicholl that Meghan and Harry are looking at "options". Well, yes, the meltynautes, in a few weeks, the royal family will gather to launch the festivities of Christmas.

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