Prince Harry will spend a rare Christmas apart from the royal family as he remains across the Atlantic during the pandemic.

Like millions of Brits facing an extraordinary festive season, the royals are scattered due to coronavirus restrictions.

Their separate Christmases marks a break in tradition for the senior members of The Firm – the first since 1987, reports the Express.

Harry, 36 and wife Megan Markle, 39, are reportedly planning to spend Christmas in their adoptive home of Los Angeles, where they reside following their split from royal life.

A source close to the couple told Marie Claire they will spend the day with Meghan’s mum Doria Raglan, Harry’s pal and ‘father figure’ David Foster, 71, and his actress-singer wife Katharine McPhee, 36, who went to school with Meghan.

Mr Foster, a Grammy-winning record producer, is a year younger than Harry’s father Prince Charles.

He has married five times, and Yolanda Hadid, mum of models Gigi and Bella, is one of his exes.

According to the magazine, Foster and McPhee invited them to their home, but Meghan is eager to host Christmas at the £11million LA mansion she shares with Harry and son, Archie.

McPhee has said Harry and her husband have “a really, really beautiful relationship” and that they are “like father and son”.

The senior royals are each planning separate festivities this year as Christmas plans changed across the UK at short notice due to the spread of the new mutant coronavirus strain.

Prince Charles, 72, Prince William, 38, and Harry, 36, usually spend Christmas at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Charles and Camilla, 73, are expected to stay at their Highgrove home in Gloucestershire, which currently remains in Tier 2.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, swapped a Christmas with Kate’s parents and siblings in Berkshire, which is now in Tier 4, for Anmer Hall in Norfolk, which is currently in Tier .

The royals are not exempt from travel restrictions and quarantine rules imposed to curb the bug’s spread.

Many European countries temporarily suspended travel in and out of the UK as a new mutant strain of Covid-19 spreads rapidly.

The last-minute Government orders for Brits to cancel Christmas plans will see people around the UK face a lonely festive season this year.

Officials scrapped original plans to allow three households to mix for five days were scrapped in response to the new strain.

The Queen and Prince Philip had already led the Palace response to pressure on Brits to avoid Christmas plans with elderly and vulnerable relatives.

The Monarch, 94 and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will celebrate at Windsor Castle together.

The pair confirmed they would spend Christmas together, separate from the rest of the royal brood.

The castle is one of the growing numbers of Tier 4 areas, which are banned from household mixing at all times, now including Christmas too.

In lower level restrictions, households can mix for Christmas Day only.

Plans to relax travel bans across Tiers and the four nations were also curbed, with people banned from leaving the worst-hit areas including London and the South-East.

Harry has been sending Christmas gifts to William and the Cambridge family, according to an expert.

Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat: “I think relations are better between them.

“I know they are in touch, they do talk.

“Harry has sent over loads of Christmas presents for the Cambridge children.

“They will Zoom, they will chat over the holidays.

“There is contact, there is friendly contact.”