Will Meghan Markle spend Christmas at Sandringham?
PUBLISHED: 11:50 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 December 2017
Royal experts believe Meghan Markle could be heading to Norfolk this Christmas.
The 36-year-old announced her engagement to Prince Harry on November 27 and the pair are set to tie the knot in May 2018.
Since news of the upcoming nuptials broke, speculation has arisen that Ms Markle may be invited to spend the festive period with the Queen at the Sandringham estate, despite the fact that Kate was not invited to attend after getting engaged to Prince William.
Richard Fitzwilliams, royal pundit, told the Express.co.uk: “It is expected Meghan will join Harry and the rest of the royal family for Christmas on the Queen’s estate in Sandringham in Norfolk this year.
“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 in Kensington Palace and her family are in the United States.
“The monarchy relies heavily on precedent and tradition but it also makes its own.”
He added that it is now “pivotal” the actress is integrated into the family before the pair are married at Windsor Castle.
“Now they are engaged and she will shortly be a senior member of the royal family it is pivotal that she feels an integral part of it as soon as possible.
“Kate and the younger members will help her through the strict protocol of the royal festive celebrations which take place over three days and which can be daunting.”
Mr Fitzwilliams also predicted that the Queen would make reference to her grandson’s engagement during her Christmas broadcast.
Visitors to Sandringham at Christmas follow a strict time table, with everything from dog walks to church visits carefully scheduled.
Christmas lunch is pencilled in for just 50 minutes.
The Queen and Prince Philip will already be in residence at the 20,000 acre estate when the first royals arrive on Christmas Eve.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are usually the last to arrive.