REVEALED: Here is EVERYTHING Meghan Markle will do with Prince Harry on Christmas
Meghan Markle’s Christmas plans have been revealed, with details of everything she will be getting up to with Prince Harry, a former royal
chef has claimed.
Darren McGrady, a former chef to the Queen, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry, has detailed the schedule of the Royals’ Christmas, which Meghan Markle is set to be a part of this year.
Ms McGrady explained that Elizabeth II ventures to Sandringham House in Norfolk on the 19th or 20th of December where she will be joined by the rest of the royals on Christmas Eve.
She said: “When the Prince of Wales arrives, his valet will take him up to his room while his cargo is unloaded. All of his Christmas gifts get placed on trestle tables for each member of the royal family.
“The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.
“Christmas morning, the family eats a hardy breakfast before heading off to church. After church, that’s when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.
“They stick with the same meal year after year. Once they’ve eaten, everyone sits down and watches the Queen’s Christmas speech.
“Afterwards, they all go their own way before coming together again for afternoon tea and traditional Christmas fruitcake, then they gather again in the evening, where a buffet dinner with 15-20 different items awaits them.
“It’s always a buffet with the chefs at the table carving. They don’t do appetisers on Christmas like many do in the US, appetisers and canapés are reserved for New Year’s Eve.”
Ms McGrady also detailed the chef’s role and the only time they are allowed to join the royals during the special period.
She added: “Right before the Christmas buffet, the senior chef on duty goes into the dining room and carves the rib roast or turkey or ham and once he’s done, Her Majesty presents the chef with a glass of whiskey and they toast.
“That’s the only time the chef goes into the dining room and has a glass of whiskey with the royal family. It’s one of the chef’s favourite traditions.”
Sandringham House only has minimal decorations, a stark contrast to the slew of Christmas-themed items strewn about Buckingham Palace.
The former royal chef went on: “The Queen is not lavish, so the décor is minimal. The Royal Family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30 years old.”
The Queen’s indulgences during the holidays were also detailed by Ms McGrady.
She revealed: “The Queen is a major chocoholic, particularly dark chocolate, so she always has a chocolate treat on Christmas. She also loves mint.”
Sources claim that Meghan Markle will break royal tradition and spend Christmas with the Queen this year.
The future royal will be at the Norfolk estate from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day, it is believed. She will also become the first royal fiancee to open presents with the Queen before becoming a member of the family.
Sources suggested Prince Harry asked the Queen to make an exception so Meghan could join them at Sandringham for the festive period.
Kate Middleton was not invited to the Norfolk estate after she got engaged to Prince William in November 2010.
She spent that Christmas with her parents in their family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
A friend of Harry’s said: “Now they are engaged it was unthinkable they would be apart for Christmas.
“The Royal Family have fully welcomed Meghan into the fold.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “It is expected Meghan will join Harry and the rest of the family for Christmas on the Queen’s estate in Sandringham in Norfolk this year.
“Now they are engaged and she will shortly be a senior member of the royal family, it is pivotal that she feels an integral part of it as soon as possible.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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