Meghan Markle Is About to Break This 1 Royal Christmas Tradition

Meghan Markle is about to have a very merry and royal holiday season. The Suits actress is set to spend her first Christmas with her fiance Prince Harry and the rest of the British Monarch, including the prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Though Markle first met the Queen of England over tea, Christmas is a significant holiday for the royals, and they have several traditions during the most wonderful time of year.

Though Markle will obviously take part in a ton of festive fun with the Windsors, there is one royal Christmas tradition that she will be breaking.

A celebration at Sandringham House

The Sandringham House on a clear blue day.

The Sandringham House is buzzing with excitement around the holidays. | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Sandringham House is the queen’s country home. Located in Norfolk, the sprawling estate is about 110 miles North of Windsor Castle.

Typically, the Queen and Prince Philip head to Sandringham House a few days before Christmas to make sure everything is prepared for the family and everyone else arrives on Christmas Eve.

Some very strange gifts

Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement.

Meghan Markle will have to get very creative. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

If Markle is wondering what she should get her new royal family for Christmas, she’s going to have to think outside of the box. The Windsors don’t gift anything expensive.

As an alternative, they compete to see who can come up with the most ridiculous presents.

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Prince George eating a candy cane on Christmas morning.

A fun and festive time for everyone! | WPA Pool/Pool

True royals celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve  — at least the Windsors do. Traditionally, the family opens gifts the evening before Chrismas and then sit down to a dinner at 8 p.m. It makes for a much less hectic Christmas morning.

A busy holiday

Prince Harry meets members of the public as he attends a Christmas Day church service

Christmas is a busy time for everyone, including the royals. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

On Christmas Day, the royal family attends church service at St. Mary’s Magdalene, and then they partake in a yummy Christmas lunch.

According to former Royal Chef Darren McGrady, Markle can expect a salad with shrimp or lobster, a roasted turkey, traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert. After lunch, the queen addresses the nation.

Shattering tradition

Meghan Markle pushing her hair back.

She’ll be getting in on the festivities early. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The fact that Markle is even attending the royal family holiday festivities means she is breaking tradition. The partners of royals are usually not invited to participate in Christmas festivities if they are not yet married. Dutchess Kate Middleton wasn’t even allowed to attend before she married Prince William.

Since Markle’s family still lives in the United States and she is making the U.K. her full-time residence, the Windsors did not want her to be left out.

Some help from the Duchess

Kate leans over and waves while holding a camera.

Kate Middleton is ready to take Meghan Markle under her wing. | Pool/Getty Images

Though the Windsor’s holiday extravaganza seems pretty straightforward, there are a ton of rules and regulations that Markle must adhere to. In fact, Markle’s soon to be sister-in-law will be on hand to help the 36-year-old navigate it all.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express U.K.,”Kate and the younger members will help her through the strict protocol of the royal festive celebrations which take place over three days and which can be daunting.”

A source added, “Kate was a bag of nerves the first time she did Christmas with the royals, so she knows exactly how daunting it must be for Meghan.”

A little help from mom

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attends the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair

The couple in for an amazing holiday, which may include Meghan Markle’s mother. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Though it hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it looks like Markle’s mom, Doria Radlan, might be at her side for the festive occasion, making things a bit more comfortable for the actress.

We’d guess the philathropist would have an even jollier Christmas if she was also able to spend it with her mother.

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