Meghan Markle given rare Christmas privilege by Queen not afforded to Kate Middleton

Meghan Markle spent her first Christmas with Prince Harry in 2017, and during the festive period, she was given a rare privilege by the Queen that Kate Middleton had to wait to receive

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Royal family head into Christmas morning service at Sandringham

Now December is in full swing, families up and down the country are finalising their Christmas plans.

And the royals are no different, with the Queen said to be looking forward to welcoming her family to Sandringham for the festive season.

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in 2017, it was no surprise they wanted to spend Christmas together.

And in what appeared to be a break with tradition, the Queen gave Meghan the rare privilege of joining the royals for Christmas – even though she had not officially joined the family through marriage.

That year, she was pictured with the royals walking to church for their annual Christmas Day service along with her now brother and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Meghan Markle at Sandringham for Christmas in 2017


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In contrast and despite being engaged to Prince William, Kate had to wait until 2011, once she had married, before being afforded an invitation to Sandringham.

But it appears the Queen is happy to carry on with the break in tradition she made for Meghan.

That’s because, in 2019, Princess Beatrice’s then-fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was also at Sandringham for the festive holidays.

Meghan with Kate Middleton on their way to church at Christmas 2018



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The pair didn’t wed until July 2020, when they had an intimate wedding attended by close family, including the Queen and the late Prince Philip, amid Covid lockdown restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Queen is said to have told her family she is well enough to host Christmas at Sandringham after recovering from a back sprain.

The monarch, 95, assured them she is feeling “far better” and is “looking forward” to the traditional festive get together at her Norfolk estate.

The Queen is said to be looking forward to Christmas


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Concern for the Queen’s health has been heightened in recent weeks after she pulled out of a number of major engagements.

But a source said: “The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas.

“Like many other families, this will be the first time Her Majesty can gather with her extended family after being kept apart for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Christmas guests will include Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as William, Kate and their three children.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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