Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Celebrate Thanksgiving This Year?

Meghan Markle has had to get used to a few new traditions since becoming part of the royal family. A number of those have to do with holidays, like the practice of spending Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham or not dressing up for Halloween (at least in public).

But is it possible that the Duchess of Sussex will bring some new traditions into the royal family? After all, Meghan is American, which means she’s used to celebrating one of the biggest holidays of the year sin the U.S.: Thanksgiving.

Will Meghan and Harry celebrate Thanksgiving?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate Thanksgiving this year? | Getty Images/ Scott Barbour

Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, which means that it’s not one the royals celebrate. But it’s possible that Meghan will want to keep this uniquely American tradition alive even though she’s now living in the U.K.

Last year, she spent the November holiday in Los Angeles with her mom, Doria Ragland. Meghan headed back to her hometown for a family celebration after wrapping up shooting on her final season of Suits. After the holiday, she jetted off to London. She and Prince Harry announced their engagement on November 27, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

As far as we know, Meghan and Harry – who are expecting their first child in the spring – won’t be heading back to the U.S. for the holiday this year. In fact, they won’t be traveling across the pond for roughly a year, since the couple’s planned U.S. tour has been pushed back to the fall of 2019.

However, that doesn’t mean that the royal couple couldn’t have a quiet Thanksgiving dinner in London. We already know that the Duchess makes a delicious roast chicken, so she’s undoubtedly up to the task of roasting a turkey. For sides, she and the Duke could whip up a few recipes from Meghan’s new charity cookbook.

Together: Our Community Cookbook features 50 recipes from the West London community affected by the Grenfell Fire. The Duchess of Sussex wrote the foreword to the book, and profits go to support the Hubb Community Kitchen.

How people celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.K.

While not a traditional U.K. celebration, it’s hardly unheard of for people to celebrate the holiday. One in six Britons now serve up a roasted turkey and cranberry sauce on the fourth Thursday in November, the Guardian reported, and sales of turkeys in November have increased 95% in recent years.

The U.K.’s large American expat community is one reason Thanksgiving festivities have become more popular. Others simply want to try something new. And for those who want to enjoy their turkey and stuffing but don’t want to cook, there are plenty of restaurants that will help you out. In London, more than a dozen restaurants are planning Thanksgiving feasts, according to Time Out.

What about Christmas?

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While Meghan and Harry’s Thanksgiving plans remain a mystery, we do know what the couple will be doing for Christmas. They’ll spend the holiday with the Queen and the other royals at Sandringham, just like they did last year.

Usually, the Christmas gathering is a family-only affair. But last year the Queen made an exception by including Meghan, even though she and Harry were not yet married. (Kate Middleton didn’t get a Sandringham Christmas invite until after her wedding to Prince William.) This year, the Queen may be breaking with tradition again. She’s reportedly invited Meghan’s mother to spend the holidays at the royal estate.

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