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  • 13.04.2021
Palace confirms Harry, Meghan news

Palace confirms Harry, Meghan news

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MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry will join the Queen and Prince William at Sandringham on Christmas Day.

The US actress will show she is firmly part of the Royal Family by joining her future in-laws for the traditional festive gathering.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said overnight: “You can expect to see The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day”.
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Loved-up Harry and Meghan announced their engagement last month and are due to wed in Windsor in May.

They will spend their first Christmas as an official couple with the Royal Family.

Harry’s brother Wills, his pregnant wife Kate and their kids Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be there this year after opting to spend Christmas with the Middletons in 2016.
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Other likely guests include Harry’s dad Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Royal watcher Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk last month: “In 2010 Kate was not invited after her engagement to William nor was Mike Tindall after his to Zara Phillips.

“Only spouses and close family are usually invited.
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“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.”

The Queen hosts a traditional gathering every year at her Norfolk retreat, which includes presents and games on Christmas Eve.
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On Christmas morning, they all go to a service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the estate.

The Queen often drives while other members of the family walk the short distance from the house to the church where a crowd of well wishers wait to greet them outside.

Last year Harry was at Sandringham along with Charles and Camilla and Wills and Kate.
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His uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also among the large family party.

One expert suggested Meghan’s invite was a departure from protocol as in the past spouses have been included only after the wedding.

Harry, 33, has been dating former Suits star Meghan, 36, for a year.
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A few days after their engagement was revealed, proud Harry introduced his bride-to-be to the nation during a series of official events in Nottingham.

Harry joked it was “unbelievable” a ginger like him had managed to bag such a beautiful fiancee.
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