It’s happening after all the rumors: Kensington Palace has officially confirmed to People and AP that Meghan Markle will be spending Christmas this year as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham House, in Norfolk, the Queen’s country home and estate about 110 miles north of London. Markle will go to church with Prince Harry and the Windsor family on Christmas morning and will participate in the holiday lunch and the family’s annual gift exchange on Christmas Eve. (Markle’s royal etiquette teacher Prince Harry will hopefully be helping should the actress have to buy a gift for the Queen.)
A palace spokesperson told AP that “you can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.” Markle’s invitation is a break from tradition, as Markle is just engaged to Harry and not yet his spouse. But exceptions are made in these exceptional times(!!).
Markle has been in Los Angeles, E! reported last week, spending some time with her mother before going back to England for Christmas. She and Prince Harry are reportedly going on a tropical getaway after the holiday.
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