KATE Middleton and Prince William's Christmas plans have been ruined as new coronavirus restrictions came into force overnight.
Like millions of other families across the country, the Cambridges have had to cancel their festive fun.
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The Daily Mail today reported the couple had been planning to travel to the Middletons' home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, for Christmas.
Then when Berkshire was put into Tier 3, Kate and Wills reportedly offered to host the festive celebrations at their home in Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
But now Berkshire has also been moved into Tier 4 – meaning the Middletons have had to cancel their plans.
It will be a blow with the family sure to have been keen to come together, particularly as it was revealed Pippa Middleton is currently pregnant with her second child.
Under Tier 4 restrictions, there are no Christmas bubbles, while no overnight stays outside the home are permitted.
A travel ban has also been introduced, with no exit or entry from the lockdown Tier.
It means the Cambridges will celebrate December 25 as a family of five with George, seven, Charlotte, five and Louis, two.
The couple had reportedly already left Kensington Palace last week – heading to Anmer Hall in Norfolk before the Tier 4 restrictions were announced.
It will be a different Christmas for the royals this year, with the Queen this month confirming she will spend Christmas with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years.
Her Majesty, 94, usually spends the festive season with her whole family at Sandringham but her kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren make up 10 separate households.
But Buckingham Palace instead said she would enjoy the day at Windsor – in what will be the first Christmas away from Sandringham since 1987.
The areas in the new Tier 4 from tonight at midnight
Surrey (excluding Waverley)
The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
All 32 London boroughs and the city of London.
Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring).
Kate and Wills were reunited with the Queen publicly for the first time in nine months earlier in December.
The couple had been able to see Her Majesty privately during the pandemic, visiting the monarch at her home in Balmoral in the summer.
However, the royals appeared to be in good spirits as they gathered – socially distanced – outside Windsor Castle earlier this month to listen to carols.
And just before leaving London, Kate and Wills kept in the Christmas spirit – taking their kids to a pantomime.
The family-of-five walked arm in arm together on the red carpet at the London Palladium to thank key workers.
Kate and William, both 38, had recently admitted they were struggling over their Christmas plans.
While on their royal "thanks" tour of the UK, the couple said they had been tossing up options.
William told the students: "It is so difficult, we are still trying to make plans.
"It’s difficult to know what to do for the best."
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