What is the Strange Tradition That Will Keep Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Apart on Christmas Morning?

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Visit Birmingham

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been almost inseparable since announcing that they are expecting their first child together but the pair will be separated for a bit during their first Christmas as a married couple.

They will be kept apart for the morning hours thanks to a royal family tradition. Here’s what that entails plus some other holiday traditions the royals have.

The tradition that will keep them apart on Christmas morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be heading to Sandringham estate with the rest of the royals for the holiday but instead of waking up and enjoying a Christmas morning meal together, Markle and Harry will be separated.

The royal family at Church on Christmas

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As former royal chef Darren McGrady explained the ladies and their husbands spend the morning hours apart. The women stay in their bedrooms and have breakfast delivered to them, while men eat breakfast downstairs.

“On Christmas Day, the ladies generally opt for a light breakfast of sliced fruit, half a grapefruit, toast, and coffee delivered to their rooms,” McGrady wrote in The Daily Mail, adding that the men, however, eat a heartier meal consisting of “eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers, and grilled kidneys.”

Markle was with the family at the estate last year so she probably learned about this then. However, since she and the prince have been known to bend (and break) a few rules in the past there’s a possibility that the duchess may have joined the men for their meal.

The other Christmas traditions the royals have

Some of the other Christmas traditions the family has include not only what they feast on but who brings what, and which activities they partake in between meals.

Queen Elizabeth at Christmas

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After they leave church services and return to the estate they have lunch. Immediately following that meal, everyone gathers around to watch the queen’s annual Christmas address, which is taped prior. Then, they have the option of going to exercise or help put together some of Her Majesty’s favorite jigsaw puzzles before dinner.

McGrady noted that the family’s holiday supper is traditional Old English cuisine complete with a stuffed boar’s head, ox tongue, salmon, and boiled and roasted hams. There are also potatoes tossed in hollandaise sauce, sliced tomatoes, and green leaves served as sides and some of the royals bring a little extra for the dinner as well.

With many families after someone offers to have a holiday dinner at their house, other relatives ask, “What can I bring?” Well, it’s the same with the royals. Although they have chefs cooking their meal for them, guests are still welcome to bring something if they choose.

McGrady recounted what Prince Charles would bring, explaining that “He would always come with a hamper full of organic food. He liked his poached plums from Highgrove. His valet would come into the kitchen with three or four bottles of plums to be kept in the fridge.”

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