Soon-to-be Duchess Meghan Markle will get a crash course in royal holidays sooner than expected, as she's rumored to be spending Christmas with the future in-laws. Here's what's planned, including where she and Prince Harry will reportedly be staying.
Meghan Markle, breaker of traditions, mother of all of our American princess fantasies, will apparently be the first fiancée invited to the royal celebrations (Kate spent Christmas with her family in 2010). A source says that the invitation came after tea with the Queen in September as a kind gesture, because Meghan's parents are both in the US.
Harry and Meghan will reportedly stay with Will and Kate at Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk, where they'll likely travel together to the various events. It's on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, where the Christmas festivities will be happening.
The ten bedroom, formerly Grade II listed Georgian house was extensively renovated in the past decade, with a new roof, new kitchen, and an added conservatory. The property also boasts a tennis court and swimming pool. Though originally earmarked as a country estate, it became more of a full time home after the birth of Princess Charlotte and during William's work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. (Now that he's taking on more royal engagements for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, however, the family has been spending more time at Kensington Palace.)
As for the schedule of events, Christmas Eve happens at Sandringham Estate, starting with tea and later followed by a black-tie dinner. On Christmas Day, the family attends morning services at The Church of St Mary Magdalene, which is also where Princess Charlotte was christened. It's then followed by lunch (there will be roast turkey), and the Queen's pre-recorded Christmas address at 3pm (which will also be broadcast on anglophile streaming service Britbox, for those of us not in the Commonwealth). In it, she's expected to congratulate Harry and Meghan on their engagement.
Meghan and Harry will spend Boxing Day with Will and Kate at Anmer before jetting off on a winter vacation, where they will soak up some sun, presumably before diving back into wedding planning for their May 2018 nuptials.