People have been speculating for months, even before they were officially engaged, that Meghan Markle will join Prince Harry and the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas. Yesterday, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan will be at Sandringham this year. KP also confirmed that William and Kate will be at Sandringham as well.
KP released a statement to the press, saying: “You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Meghan on Christmas Day.”
People has more:
“For Meghan, the holidays will mean getting into the swing of things with the royal traditions alongside Harry. She will be expected to bring along non-expensive, humble gifts on Christmas even – when the presents are laid out on long tables. Perhaps she will watch Harry, 33, play soccer along with William in the annual charity match, which pits workers at the estate in Norfolk, England, against villagers from nearby Castle Rising. Meghan will certainly take part in the pheasant shoots on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and other occasions around the 25th.
“It is unusual for non-married partners of senior members of the family to join the Queen for Christmas Day’s celebrations. Despite being engaged to William, in 2010 Kate spent her last Christmas as a single woman with her own family. But, unlike Kate, Meghan doesn’t have any family in the U.K. — and clearly Harry will have wanted his new fiancé by his side. What Harry asks, the Queen is likely to grant, too. A family friend has told PEOPLE, ‘If Harry asks for something, the Queen would say yes as she adores him.'”
“If Harry asks for something, the Queen would say yes as she adores him.” And the comparisons to Andrew continue.
I’m tacking this on here since I don’t want to have to write another post. Meghan was a guest at the Royal Household Christmas party hosted by the Lord Chamberlain at Windsor Castle on Monday, accompanying Prince Harry and The Queen, among other royals.
More from the Daily Mail:
“In a more intimate re-run of her first engagement, at Harry’s side in Nottingham earlier this month, Meghan plunged into a sea of welcoming faces gathered in the castle’s great reception rooms. This time they were footmen, housemaids, butlers and pages, the domestic staff and gardeners who keep Buckingham Palace and the other royal residences ticking over. While the Queen, escorted by Prince Andrew and her cousins the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent, was greeted with affection, all eyes inevitably were on the smiling figure of Meghan.
“Wearing a burgundy lacy cocktail dress, demurely cut just below the knee, she moved easily though the crowd of well-wishers just as she had a fortnight earlier, accepting congratulations from the men and women who in a few months’ time will address her as ‘Your Royal Highness’. At the party, the formality was kept to a minimum with handshakes rather than curtsies. ‘She asked everyone she met their names and what they did,’ one guest told me. ‘It was very natural.’
“Just as he had in Nottingham, Harry showed his confidence in her by allowing her to work her part of the room alone. As the 900 guests sipped flutes of Mumm champagne or Sandringham apple juice, Meghan, who didn’t drink, circulated through the Waterloo Chamber, St George’s Hall and the Grand Reception Room where her own wedding reception will be held next May. It took her more than an hour. In fact, Meghan disclosed that she and Harry had spent last weekend at Windsor looking over the state rooms as they began making plans for the wedding. Clearly the benefit of being at Monday night’s party was to experience what the same rooms are like when they are full of people.”
There is more in the DM article about how quickly Meghan is being absorbed into royal life and what the schedule will be like for Christmas at Sandringham.