Meghan Markle surprised by THIS Christmas gesture from Queen even Harry wasn’t expecting
MEGHAN Markle is already a popular addition to the royal family but now this kind Christmas gesture from the Queen proves just how loved the Duchess-to-be is within the Windsor family.
The 36-year-old is due to marry her royal beau Prince Harry in May next year and it has already been confirmed she will break with tradition to join the royal family for Christmas this year.
And now it can also be revealed Meghan Markle will be a guest at the Queen’s annual Christmas party, which is held for her staff.
The invite comes as a surprise as they are not usually extended to any partner of family members until they are wed.
The former Suits star has not been seen in public with her fiancee since the pair’s first official outing at Nottingham following their engagement announcement on November 27.
Meghan jetted back to LA earlier this month to spend time with her family and friends before the festive period begins.
But she arrived back in London this week ahead of the Queen’s Royal Household Christmas party, which was hosted by the Lord Chamberlain at Windsor Castle on Monday.
Royal reporter Rebecca English tweeted: “Meghan Markle was a surprise guest at the Queen’s annual staff Christmas party at Windsor Castle on Monday.
“One person who met her told me that she was ‘charm personified. She held out her hand & said ‘Hi, I’m Meghan’. She was unbelievably beautiful and Harry looked so proud’.”
While the Queen was escorted by Prince Andrew and her cousins the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent, all eyes were on smiling Meghan as Harry allowed her to circuit the room alone.
Wearing a burgundy lacy cocktail dress, Meghan was plunged into a sea of some 900 faces of footmen, housemaids, butlers, domestic staff and gardeners who keep Buckingham Palace and the other royal residences ticking over.
One guest said: “She asked everyone she met their names and what they did. It was very natural.”
The stunning bride to be even revealed that she and Harry had spent last weekend at Windsor looking over the state rooms as they began making plans for the wedding.
And everyone laughed when Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, made a joke about next year being a busy one, in reference to the upcoming Royal wedding.
Yesterday’s announcement that Meghan will join the royal family for Christmas was also a break with tradition.
No such invitation was extended to Kate Middleton, Camilla Parker Bowles or Princess Diana before they married into the family.
However while she will eat her dinner by her fiancée’s side, she will later join the female Royals as they retire with the Queen while the Duke of Edinburgh dishes out port and brandy to the men.
A Kensington Palace spokesman: “You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Ms Markle on Christmas Day.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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