Meghan Markle has happy memories of her first Christmas with the royal family.
“I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham,” Meghan, 41, disse. “Calling my mom, e ela é como, ‘How’s it going?’ E eu disse, 'Oh meu Deus, it’s amazing.’ ”
“It’s just like a big family like I always wanted,” ela adicionou. “And there was just this constant movement and energy and fun.”
At dinner, Meghan sat next to “H’s grandfather,” Príncipe Philip — and thought their conversation went well.
“And I just thought it was so wonderful. E eu era como, 'Oh, we chatted, and it was so great. And I talked about this and talked about this,’ ” she recalled — although she said that Príncipe harry later informed her that she “had his bad ear,” significado Príncipe Philip likely couldn’t hear their entire chat.
Meghan disse, “Eu era como, ‘Oh — well, I thought it went really well.’ ”
Following the holiday celebrations, Príncipe harry told BBC Radio 4 that Christmas with his bride-to-be was “fantastic.” “She really enjoyed it,” ele disse em 2017. “The family loved having her there.”
Meghan’s appearance was a departure from typical protocol, Como unmarried partners of royals had previously not been invited to Sandringham for the big day. (Como Príncipe William‘s fiancée back in 2010, Kate Middleton did not attend Christmas services with him.)
Following their May 2018 Casamento, Príncipe harry and Meghan headed to Sandringham for a traditional royal Christmas again that December. No momento, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expecting their first child, e filho Archie Harrison was born in May 2019.
No 2019, the couple decided to spend their first holiday season as a family of three privately in Canada.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” Buckingham Palace said in a novembro 2019 demonstração. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
Em janeiro 2020, Meghan e Príncipe harry announced their intention to step back as working members of the royal family. They relocated to Meghan’s home state of California later that year, staying in Tyler Perry’s Los Angeles home before buying a home in Montecito.
“Este ano, 2021, demos as boas-vindas à nossa filha, Lilibet, Para o mundo. Archie nos tornou uma "mamãe’ e um 'papai', e Lili nos fez uma família. Como estamos ansiosos para 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families — from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave,” they said in their holiday card.