Princess Beatrice and Edoardo allowed royal Christmas after Meghan broke tradition

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PRINCESS BEATRICE got to enjoy her first royal Christmas with her future husband after Meghan Markle once broke a tradition during the holiday.

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Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi can now attend official royal events and get the best seats in the house for royal celebrations after being married at an intimate wedding in July 2020. However, historically, only members of the Royal Family can attend events, with unmarried partners supposed to stay away

In 2019, Edoardo and Beatrice appeared with the Royal Family for a Christmas morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham before being married.

However, Meghan Markle made her first appearance at Sandringham with Prince Harry for Christmas in 2017.

The future Sussex royals announced their engagement in November 2017, and attended the Royal Family’s Christmas events five months before their wedding.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the Together At Christmas community carol service at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture date: Wednesday December 8, 2021 / September 23, 2021, New York, New York, USA: MEGHAN MARKLE and PRINCE HARRY, the Duchess and Duke of Sussex, at the One World Observatory in 1 World Trade Center

Princess Beatrice news: The royal was allowed to break a Christmas tradition after Meghan Markle (Image: PA)Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk 25-Dec-2019

Princess Beatrice news: Beatrice and Edoardo attended Sandringham in 2019 (Image: PA)

Speaking at the time, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Jacks Brooksbank weren’t afforded the same invitation.

He said: “In 2010 Kate was not invited to do so after her engagement to William nor was Mike Tindall after his to the Princess Royal’s daughter Zara Phillips and only spouses and close family are usually invited.

“However Harry and Meghan will be living together at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and her family are in the United States.

“The monarchy relies heavily on precedent and tradition but it also makes its own.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk 25-Dec-2017

Princess Beatrice news: Meghan Markle attended Sandringham before marrying Harry in 2017 (Image: PA)

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk 25-Dec-2019

Princess Beatrice news: Richard Fitzwilliams said Kate Middleton wasn’t allowed to visit pre-2011 (Image: PA)

It comes as the Royal Family reportedly plan this year’s trip to Sandringham for Christmas, after 2020 saw the family forced to celebrate separately due to coronavirus restrictions.

According to People, the Queen will be heading to her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for Christmas with close family members as long as no new Covid mandates are put in place by the UK government ahead of the holidays.

The monarch is likely to take a 50-minute helicopter journey to Sandringham around Friday, December 17.

Her Majesty is also reportedly “determined” to attend the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene, but is expected to be driven instead of walking to the church.

Christmas guests at Sandringham this year are thought to include Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as William, Kate and their three children.

The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and their children, Louise and James have also confirmed their attendance.

Princess Anne and her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are expected to attend.

And the invitation has been extended to Beatrice, Edoardo and Sienna, and to Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby son August.

A royal source also told the Mirror the Queen is “very much looking forward to” the holidays.

They said: “The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas.

“Like other families, this will be the first time Her Majesty can gather with her extended family after being kept apart for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said the Royal Family’s Christmas plans are a “private affair”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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