As Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Get Ready To Celebrate Christmas In L.A., They Will Be Breaking 6 Royal Traditions!

Baby Archie’s first Christmas won’t be ‘Royal’.

If you had been following the British tabloids closely, you would already be aware that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently on their six-week break away from royal duties to get in some much-needed time away from public and media scrutiny. After spending the American holiday of Thanksgiving, the royal couple will be celebrating Christmas as well with Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland in Los Angeles. Sounds simple enough, right? But did you know that Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be breaking 6 different traditions in the process?

  • They won’t be accompanying Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to the church

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be in Los Angles this year, they will not be joining the Royal family at  St. Mary Magdalene church, close to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, for the annual Christmas Day service. 

  • They will be absent from the Royal family’s annual dinner as well

The Royal family holds an annual dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve, a black-tie event, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be the only ones not in attendance, which also means…

  • … that they will be breaking the centuries-old tradition of exchanging gifts over afternoon tea on Christmas Eve with the rest of the family

The Royal family has a set time on the day of Christmas to give and receive Christmas gifts. After the royal members have afternoon tea, they give each other gifts. 

  • The couple will also be absent from the annual palace staff party as well

The earlier mentioned “black-tie only” party also allows palace staff to mingle with the Queen and other members of the royal family, to talk with them, and have lunch.

  • The couple won’t be celebrating Christmas amidst the annual traditional decorations at the palace

A 20-foot-high Nordmann fir Christmas tree, garlands draped across the mantel, and a whole lot more make up the ‘royal’ decorations the Queen likes done during Christmas. It is highly unlikely that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will follow the same in L.A. 

  • No royal chef to cook them Christmas dinner

Every year on Christmas, the Queen’s personal chef cooks dinner for the family, which includes traditional turkeys for the family and the staff. But Meghan Markle is armed with her special recipes like the maple-glazed potato wedges, so we don’t think she will miss the “royal” dinner much. 

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