Meghan and Harry spend their first Thanksgiving in the US with Archie and Doria

Victoria Ward
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Max Mumby/Indigo
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Max Mumby/Indigo

 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their first Thanksgiving as a family in the US on Thursday, sitting down to homegrown vegetables from the garden.

The couple were looking forward to a “quiet dinner” with their one-year-old son Archie at their home in Monetcito, California, after the Duchess garnered widespread praise for speaking out about the pain of suffering a miscarriage.

They were also joined by the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles.

A source said: “They are going to have a quiet dinner at home and are looking forward to celebrating their first American Thanksgiving in the states as a family.

“They plan to enjoy a home cooked meal with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including recipes made with fresh vegetables from their garden.”

The family is likely to have sat down to the traditional meal of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. It has been a tumultuous year since the Sussexes left the UK last November to spend their first Thanksgiving as a family-of-three in Canada.

They published a Happy Thanksgiving message on their now defunct SussexRoyal Instagram account and later released a photograph, taken that day, of a beaming Duke holding Archie at the waterfront home they had rented on Vancouver Island.

Prince Harry with Archie on Thanksgiving in 2019 - SussexRoyal
Prince Harry with Archie on Thanksgiving in 2019 - SussexRoyal

At the time it was billed as an extended, six-week break but the family would never return to live in the UK, only popping back to tie up loose ends having decided to step away from their lives as working royals.

The Duchess was this week widely praised for publishing a deeply personal account of the miscarriage she suffered in July.

Baby loss charities said the article, published in the New York Times, would send a "powerful message" to others who have gone through similar trauma. The Duchess noted that the subject remained “taboo” despite being experienced by so many.