A royal insider has revealed how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are likely to be spending Christmas this year, now that they’re engaged.
It’ll be Harry and Meghan’s first Christmas as an engaged couple, so it will no doubt be a special festive season for the loved-up pair.
But while we’re still waiting for official confirmation on whether or not the former Suits stars will be joining the royal family at Sandringham House, a royal insider has revealed what she’ll be getting up to if she does get an invitation.
Speaking to the Express, former chef to the Queen Darren McGrady detailed what the royal family’s schedule is like at Christmas, and it’s fair to say Meghan is in for a lot of eating – just like the rest of us…
It’s Harry and Meghan’s first Christmas as an engaged couple
‘Christmas morning, the family eats a hardy breakfast before heading off to church. After church, that’s when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert’, Darren said.
‘They stick with the same meal year after year. Once they’ve eaten, everyone sits down and watches the Queen’s Christmas speech.’
Christmas day continues with more treats before they meet for a buffet dinner in the evening.
‘Afterwards, they all go their own way before coming together again for afternoon tea and traditional Christmas fruitcake, then they gather again in the evening, where a buffet dinner with 15-20 different items awaits them.
‘It’s always a buffet with the chefs at the table carving. They don’t do appetisers on Christmas like many do in the US, appetisers and canapés are reserved for New Year’s Eve,’ Darren said.
According to the Express, sources say the newly engaged couple will break tradition and join the Queen and the rest of the family on Christmas Eve, and stay until Boxing Day.
It’s likely Meghan will be joining Harry and the rest of the royal family for Christmas this year
This would be the first time a royal fiancée has joined the royal Christmas celebrations before they officially join the family, as not even Kate had that privilege.
After getting engaged to Prince William in November 2010, the now Duchess of Cambridge was not invited to the Norfolk estate and spent Christmas with her family instead.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told the publication: ‘It is expected Meghan will join Harry and the rest of the family for Christmas on the Queen’s estate in Sandringham in Norfolk this year.
‘Now they are engaged and she will shortly be a senior member of the royal family, it is pivotal that she feels an integral part of it as soon as possible.’