Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Send Christmas Presents to Prince William in Royal Truce

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have sent Christmas presents to Prince William and Kate Middleton, raising hope their years-long rift may be easing.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in person as Harry and Meghan will remain in California over Christmas.

However, they have sent gifts to William and Kate's country retreat, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, as the royals prepare for Christmas without their traditional family get-together.

A source told Newsweek: "The whole family is exchanging gifts in the way that it always has."

Meghan wrote the messages for the presents in a show of support for improved relations across the Atlantic, according to royal biographer Andrew Morton.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Holyroodhouse, Scotland
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on February 13, 2018. Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty

Morton told The Sun: "Harry has sent presents to William and Kate and the calligraphy has been done by Meghan. He plans to speak to his father and brother over Christmas."

The olive branch comes after Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom claimed Harry thought his brother was a snob.

The book suggests the princes fell out early in Harry's relationship with Meghan after William told his brother to slow down and "get to know this girl."

Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat: "There has been nine months since Megxit and relations are better. I know that they are in touch, that they do talk. I know that Harry sent over a load of presents for the Cambridge children. They will Zoom and chat over the holidays."

Last Christmas Harry and Meghan were in Canada planning their exit from the royal family, but had not yet made their intentions public.

The news broke in January and triggered a crisis summit at Sandringham attended by both Harry and William.

Harry and Meghan completed their final royal engagements in March before beginning a new life in California.

However, over the summer the reality of their clash with William was laid out in Finding Freedom.

The book detailed how William offended his brother by telling him: "Don't feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl."

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: "In those last two words, 'this girl,' Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world.

"During his 10-year career in the military, outside the royal bubble, he had learnt not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession."

Meghan's lawyers have stated in a court filing that she instructed a person to discuss a letter she had written to her father with the book's authors Scobie and Durand. However, they have also suggested some sections were pieced together from Meghan's former lifestyle website The Tig.