Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set will break six royal traditions on their first Christmas without the royal family.
The royal couple actually started to spend their Christmas at Queen’s Sandringham Estate since 2017 when they got engaged. However, according to the report, this year, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son, Archie will spend the holiday with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland, which is most likely to be at her home in Los Angeles.
It’s totally going to be a different Christmas experience for the family, who will miss out on the monarch’s annual Christmas Eve afternoon tea and exchange of gifts session.
Well, these are a few of the royal traditions that the family is expected to break this year.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t attend church with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
When Christmas arrived, every year the royal family is photographed walking to a church named St. Mary Magdalene, which is close to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. It is the annual Christmas Day service for the royal family. However this year, Harry and Markle together with their son are going to spend their Christmas with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.
No black-tie affair this year
The couple will also miss the royal family’s annual dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve, which is come with the black-tie theme, according to PopSugar.
The couple won’t exchange gifts over afternoon tea on Christmas Eve with the rest of the family
According to a former butler to Prince Charles, Grant Harrold who told Insider that the royal family has a tradition where they are going to set a time schedule for giving and receiving Christmas gifts session. Usually, the Queen will arrive a few days before everyone else, to ensure everything is ready. Then later on the members of the royal will arrive on Christmas Eve. They will have afternoon tea, which is traditionally held between 4 pm to 6 pm, and during that time they will exchange Christmas gifts.
The royal palace Christmas decoration is traditional where Markle’s decoration isn’t
Recently, the royal family released pictures of their traditional Christmas decorations at Windsor Castle, which include a 20-foot-high Nordmann fir Christmas tree in St. George’s Hall.
They most likely won’t have a royal chef to cook Christmas dinner
Usually, every Christmas, the Queen’s personal chef will cook dinner for the family and her former chef Darren McGrady once shared the meals served to them during previous years. According to McGrady, every year they going to have the same meal. “They’re actually boring when it comes to festivities. They didn’t do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys. We did three turkeys for the Queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the children’s nursery and then more for the 100 or so staff, so everyone had a Christmas lunch.” It’s for sure that Harry and Markle would not have a royal chef to cook over for Christmas dinner for them in Los Angeles.