Meghan Markle is spending Christmas with Prince Harry. That might not seem like a big deal to the average person, but it's a break in protocol for the royal family.
Christmas with the future in-laws might seem like a rite of passage for a newly engaged couple, but Meghan Markle will be the first royal fiancée to spend Christmas Day with the royal family.
In November 2010, Prince William and Kate Middleton were already engaged. Still, the future King of England and his future bride spent Christmas apart.
But it seems that when Harry asks, the Queen is likely to say yes.
A family friend has told People, “If Harry asks for something, the Queen would say yes as she adores him.”
Harry has already broken rules with his courtship with Meghan Markle. The couple have held hands in public, and while there’s no official rule restricting PDA, royals generally refrain from hand holding at official engagements.
“It certainly makes a statement,” Myka Meier, the founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette and expert on all things proper in the royal family, told People. “To show PDA as a representative of the British monarchy at such an official event says everything! Rarely in the past have we seen unmarried royals showing PDA with significant others at a public event."
Likewise, Meghan has already met Queen Elizabeth and bonded with her corgis.
“The corgis took to her straight away. ‘I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at — this one walks in, absolutely nothing,” Prince Harry revealed during the couple’s engagement interview.
Meghan, who has two dogs herself, added, “They were laying on my feet during tea!”
Markle has also won over the royal family. They all speak glowingly of the Prince Harry's future wife.
Harry said, “William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know being our neighbors we managed to get that in a couple of – well quite a few times now and Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.”
Meghan has also met Harry’s father, Prince Charles.
“A handful of teas and meetings and all sorts of gatherings over at his place as well,” Harry said. “So the family together have been a solid support and my grandparents as well have been wonderful throughout this whole process and they’ve known for quite some time. So how they—how they haven’t told anybody is—is again a miracle in itself. But now the whole family have come together and have been a huge amount of support.
People reports that, in addition to attending church with the royal family on Christmas morning, Markle will spend the day with the family as a guest of Queen Elizabeth. That also means Meghan will spend Christmas lunch and gift-giving on Christmas Eve at Sandringham House in Norfolk, which is the Queen’s country home and estate about 110 miles north of London.
The palace would not confirm where Meghan will stay. However, rumors say she might stay with William and Kate at Anmer Hall, which is two miles from the main house. That means Meghan might spend Christmas morning with Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.
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