• Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged Christmas gifts with Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • The Sussex family will celebrate their first Christmas in their new Montecito home
  • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will not be travelling to Sandringham Estate

Even though the royal family is forced to stay apart this year for Christmas, they are making sure to send love to each other. Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already been exchanging greetings and gifts.

The Dukes and the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex are miles apart, and a festive reunion is not likely to happen due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the two brothers and their families “have been sending each other Christmas presents ahead of the holiday,” according to PEOPLE.

Prince Harry and Meghan will be celebrating their first Christmas in their new Montecito home with their 19-month-old son. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the pair is not expected to return to the UK for the holiday season.

As the royal family prepares to celebrate their first socially-distanced Christmas, “presents have been sent back and forth between the entire royal family.” Meanwhile, a source has confirmed the Sussex family is thrilled to celebrate Christmas in their new home.

They are “excited to decorate for Christmas,” the source revealed. As for the Cambridge family, they are yet to finalize their plans for the festivities.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II recently canceled Christmas at Sandringham Estate, where, traditionally, the entire royal family gathers in the holiday season to enjoy the festivities. It was announced the 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip will spend holidays at Windsor Castle.

In the meantime, ET Online confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan will be connecting with the family through Zoom calls. The video conferencing was planned ahead of the holidays, and a source revealed they will spend time doing some fun activities together.

"The family is planning Zoom calls and games online because they can’t all spend Christmas at Sandringham together like they normally do," a source told the outlet.

It is said the family is on the path of reconciliation and their relationships have improved since the time of Sussexes departure from the royal family.

"Everyone is on better terms and have been for quite some time," the source added. "The relationship has improved and COVID has brought everyone closer together."

The bond between the two brothers, Prince William and Prince Harry, has also allegedly strengthened.

"While there have been disagreements like there are in every family, the brotherly bond remains intact despite tabloid reports,” the source said.

This happens to be the queen’s first Christmas in her Berkshire home since 1987. While there may not be a family reunion, Prince William and Kate, and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are expected to meet the queen at some point during the holidays. Meanwhile, the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been advised to socialize in an exclusive social bubble.

Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
Pictured [L-R]: The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Westminster Abbey to attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice on Nov. 11, 2018 in central London. Paul Grover/AFP/Getty Images