Meghan Markle will be celebrating Christmas with her future in-laws! The American actress is set to join Queen Elizabeth and other senior members of the royal family at Sandringham, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The former Suits star, 36, and her fiancé Prince Harry, 33, will be seen in public with other royals when they attend the traditional Christmas Day church service on Her Majesty’s private estate in Norfolk. "You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day," a Kensington Palace spokesman said.
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The pair announced their engagement on November 27. A few days later, the pair carried out their first official engagements as a couple in Nottingham. Buckingham Palace has said the Queen and other members of the royal family will join the congregation for the morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on December 25.
Meghan's invitation marks a break in tradition for the royals. The Duchess of Cambridge was not invited to join Prince William for Christmas in 2010, despite announcing their engagement a month before. England rugby player Mike Tindall was also not invited during his engagement to Princess Anne's daughter Zara Phillips, also in 2010.
VIEW GALLERY Meghan's invite signals a break in royal tradition Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
HOLA!’s sister brand HELLO! previously revealed plans for Meghan's first Christmas with the royals, following her engagement to Harry. Invitations are usually restricted to the Queen’s closest family members, with a “no ring, no bring” policy in place. However now that Meghan is preparing to become a full-time royal, it appears the actress has secured a coveted invite to the celebrations.
The royal family have several traditions over Christmas. The Queen and Prince Philip usually retreat to the countryside the week before, around December 21, to prepare for the big family reunion. Other guests arrive at the 20,000-acre Sandringham estate from December 23 in order of precedence, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall usually the last to arrive.