For their first Christmas together as an engaged couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will do their best to avoid the tension that inevitably comes with crashing with your in-laws—no matter how royal your family is. Rather than staying at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham House in Norfolk, where the royal family’s Christmas Eve celebrations are scheduled to take place, Harry and Meghan will reportedly stay at Anmer Hall, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nearby Norfolk home.
A source told Us Weekly that although the young royals will all spend Christmas Eve at Sandringham House, they’ll head back to Anmer Hall when the festivities are over. "[Harry and Meghan] will be William and Kate’s guests and travel back and forth with them," the source said. On Christmas Day, the group will reportedly eat a traditional English breakfast at Anmer Hall before attending an 11 a.m. church service at Norfolk’s St. Mary Magdalene Church, then return to Will and Kate’s home for a lunch with not one but two roast turkeys. (And one turkey just for tots Prince George and Princess Charlotte.) Later that afternoon, the source said that they’ll all sit by the fire and listen to the queen's annual Christmas address, in which she’ll congratulate Markle and Prince Harry, according to another source.
The following day, the Suits actress will reportedly stay home from any Boxing Day festivities to spend time with her sister-in-law-to-be, who is expecting her third child in April 2018, just a few weeks before Meghan and Harry’s May wedding. "They've developed a friendship, and Meghan can turn to Kate for advice," a source told Us Weekly.
When Meghan and Harry announced their engagement in late November, several outlets predicted that the queen, who first met Markle in September, would invite her to spend Christmas with the family. The invite marks a break in protocol: Kate wasn’t invited to QE2’s home for Christmas Eve in 2010, a month after her royal engagement.
This likely won’t be the last meal the newly engaged couple crashes either; they are soon-to-be neighbors of Kate and William. (Unfortunately for William, that means Harry will be raiding the fridge for many more years.)