When Kate Middleton was engaged to Prince William, she didn't get to spend Christmas with the royal family. But it's not 2010, and things have changed—even with the royal family.
In 2017, Prince Harry's fiancé, American actress Meghan Markle, will join the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth’s home. With this bending of royal protocol, insiders detect a softening of the monarch and her royal ways.
At the advanced age of 91, the Queen has mellowed, reports People. Royal insiders told the website that she's realizing she needs to accommodate some parts of the modern world.
That's why Meghan will break protocol to join Prince Harry at the church service with the rest of the royal family on Christmas morning.
“It’s her age,” says Ingrid Seward, author of My Husband & I, a new biography of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. “She is easier-going. It’s refreshing that [the royal family] is prepared to bend a bit.”
And a friend of the family adds, “They are much more enlightened now.”
The palace shared that “Ms. Markle" and Harry will stay at Anmer Hall, the 10-bedroom country home of William and Kate. The couple will be there with the future king, future queen, and their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
After church, Markle will head to the “big house” for lunch with the Queen and the rest of the family.
Markle has already bent royal protocol. She joined Harry for the Queen’s pre-holiday lunch at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Sources say she is already "getting accustomed to the palace and its staff and family."
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