The coronavirus pandemic is affecting holiday plans for everyone—including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Two years ago, in her first-ever in-depth interview, Kate Middleton’s mother, Carole Middleton, revealed she gives each of her grandchildren their own Christmas tree to decorate in her home during the holiday season. However, because of COVID-19, things will have to be a little different this year.
“We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas,” the Middleton matriarch wrote in an Instagram post for her Party Pieces company on November 11. The U.K. party supply shop was founded by Middleton and her husband, Michael, in 1987.
Like many other COVID-safe plans, Middleton’s annual tree-decorating tradition will take place virtually. “For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected,” she continued. “I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree. This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where.”
She joked, “It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!”
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis’s grandmother has the right idea. As of November 12, there have been 52.4 million COVID-19 cases documented worldwide, with 1.3 million fatalities, according to CNN.
The CDC’s current holiday guidelines specifically recommend virtual celebrations for family members in different households. “In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk,” the official website reads.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is encouraging Americans (and anyone, probably) to “double down” on social-distancing protocols and mask-wearing as cases continue to rise—which includes canceling typical Thanksgiving plans.
“Given the fluid and dynamic nature of what’s going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition,” he said on CBS Evening News back in October. “You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected.”
So let’s all take the lead from Carole Middleton. Maybe no Kardashian Christmas Eve Party this year, yeah?