Prince Harry and Meghan had only announced their engagement a month earlier in November. Meghan was invited to spend Christmas with the Royal Family at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
She was later photographed attending St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham along with Harry, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Like many families the royals have their own Christmas traditions.
Reflecting their German heritage, they typically open at least one present on Christmas eve.
The family like to give each other humorous presents rather than very expensive items.
According to The Mirror at one of her first royal Christmases’ Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, gave Prince Harry a “grow your own girlfriend” kit as a joke.
Harry is also reported to have given the Queen a shower cap carrying the slogan “Life’s a B****”
It seems Meghan managed to fit in neatly with this family tradition.
The Star claims for Christmas 2017 she gave the Queen a singing toy hamster which caused the monarch to “burst out laughing”.
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Kate gave an insight into Christmas with the Royal Family last year when she appeared with Mary Berry for a festive special.
The Duchess explained: “William’s family’s tradition is to open one Christmas present on Christmas eve, which is really lovely.”
Kate also revealed one of Prince Louis’s first words had been “Mary” in reference to the former Bake Off star.
She said: “One of Louis’ first words was Mary, because right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf.
“And children are really fascinated by faces, and your faces are all over your cooking books and he would say ‘That’s Mary Berry’… so he would definitely recognise you if he saw you today.”
Christmas this year will be very different for the royals due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will skip Sandringham for the first time in 33 years and instead spend Christmas at Windsor.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”
According to Sky New Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to spend Christmas Day at their Highgrove estate.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely to remain in California having stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year.