Prince Harry Reportedly Tried to Make Sure Meghan Markle Did Not ‘Show Off’ During Her First Christmas With the Royal Family

Before Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joined the royal family, she was an actor who grew up in a middle-class Californian family. Naturally, there were many things Meghan needed to learn about the royal family–for instance, what one should do at the royals’ annual Christmas gathering.

Sources recently shared how Prince Harry allegedly prepared Meghan for her first Christmas with the royal family. There are even claims that he had to make sure Meghan did not “show off,” especially when around Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

The royal family gathers for Christmas every year at Sandringham

The royal family takes its Christmas celebration very seriously. Every year, members gather at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, for Christmas and New Year’s.

The family also has royal holiday traditions of decorating the Christmas tree, eating turkey, attending church services, and exchanging gifts.

Prince Harry reportedly advised Meghan Markle not to ‘show off’ during her first time at Sandringham

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Meghan first joined the royal family at Sandringham in 2017, not long after she and Harry announced their engagement. According to Express, Harry allegedly gave Meghan advice to tone down some parts of her personality, especially when it could offend Queen Elizabeth and others.

“They don’t like show-offs, especially newcomers who show off,” one palace aide reportedly said. “The Duchess has to resist that American urge to win at everything. The whole family likes to play charades on Christmas night and she must never beat the Queen, who is a fine actress herself.”

Express also noted the family has its annual pheasant shoot on Boxing Day, and Meghan, who is an animal rights activist, was allegedly told not to make a big fuss about it.

Ultimately, it seems Meghan did well at her first gathering at Sandringham. “She really enjoyed it,” Prince Harry revealed on BBC Radio 4’s Today. “The family loved having her there. There’s always that family part of Christmas, there’s always that work element as well. And I think together we had an amazing time.”

Additionally, he shared that he and Meghan also spent time at Anmer Hall, the country estate that belongs to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It is about 2 miles away from Sandringham.

“We had great fun staying with my brother and sister-in-law and running around with the kids,” Harry said. “Christmas was fantastic.”

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend gatherings with the royal family in the future?

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Harry and Meghan stepped down from being senior members of the royal family earlier this year, and there have been many reports of tension between the Sussexes and other royals. However, it seems that has not stopped Harry and Meghan from planning to attend royal gatherings.

The couple and their son, Archie, will reportedly had intended to visit Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she spends every summer. Trips to Balmoral in the summer are another big royal tradition that has gone on for many years now.

“Harry and Meghan are believed to have accepted the Queen’s invitation to visit her this summer at Balmoral, her Scottish retreat, and are planning to take their son with them,” The Sunday Times wrote back in March. “The Queen would love to see more of Archie, as would Prince Charles and the rest of the family.”

Of course, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might have changed the royals’ plans. Thus far, it seems the Sussexes have been riding out the pandemic in Los Angeles.