Meghan Markle Will Take Part In The Craziest Royal Christmas Tradition

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex will partake in of one of the the craziest royal traditions this Christmas, along with her mum Dorial Ragland

When Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex this year, she not only signed up to a life of confidentiality, but also some bizarre royal traditions. And if latest reports are to believed, she will partake in of one of the the craziest of them all this Christmas.

In the latest issue of Grazia, royal expert and editor of Majesty, Ingrid Seward, explains how the royal family continues to follow bizarre traditions each Christmas. Only this time, they have also include Markle's mum, Doria Ragland.   

Meghan Markle Will Follow A Bizarre Royal Christmas Tradition

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According to Seward, each member of the royal family is weighed right before and after their annual Christmas dinner. No, no. This isn't a vodoo-inspired body-shaming ritual, but actually quite a cute one, and dates back to the early 1900s. At the King Edward VII was in power and was believed to have started it. 

As per the tradition, each of the royal guest is weighed right before and after the dinner to ensure that they are all well fed. The only mystery surrounding this bizarre ritual is around the century-old antique scales. It remains unclear if they've switched it up with something more modern. 

Markle's Mum Given Special Preference During Royal Christmas 

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While this tradition is usually reserved for the royals only. This time the queen has made an exception and invited Meghan Markle's mum to the do. You may know that the Duchess has no family other than her mother living in the UK. So it only seemed polite perhaps for Her Majesty to extend the invitation to Ragland.

Seward told Grazia, "It is unusual for an outsider to be invited, but the royal family does change. I'm sure the royals will do everything in their power to make Doria feel at home." 

How Meghan Markle And The Royals Will Celebrate Christmas 

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Now that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is very much a beloved royal, she may be in on how the royals celebrate Christmas. But her mum, and all of us may not be. 

While the actual celebrations begin around Christmas, the queen reportedly reaches the Sandringham House in Norfolk around December 19 or 20th. The rest of the members follow close in on Christmas eve. 

As Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, as well as to Diana Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry, shares how the royals spend the next two days:

When the Prince of Wales arrives, his valet will take him up to his room while his cargo is unloaded. All of his Christmas gifts get placed on trestle tables for each member of the royal family. The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.

Christmas morning, the family eats a hardy breakfast before heading off to church. After church, that's when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert. They stick with the same meal year after year.

Once they've eaten, everyone sits down and watches the Queen's Christmas speech. Afterward, they all go their own way before coming together again for afternoon tea and traditional Christmas fruitcake, then they gather again in the evening, where a buffet dinner with 15-20 different items awaits them.

It's always a buffet with the chefs at the table carving. They don't do appetizers on Christmas like many do here in the U.S. Instead, appetizers and canapes are reserved for New Year's Eve.

But if you thought the royals exclude their staff from the celebrations, you'd be wrong. They are also quite considerate to those who serve them, especially the Queen who always has a rather sweet surprise for her chef. 

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As McGrady tells Good Housekeeping.

"Right before the Christmas buffet, the senior chef on duty goes into the dining room and carves the rib roast or turkey or ham and once he's done, Her Majesty presents the chef with a glass of whiskey and they toast," he shares. 

Adding, "That's the only time the chef goes into the dining room and has a glass of whiskey with the royal family. It's one of the chef's favorite traditions."

Save these sweet traditions, there is a lot for the Duchess of Sussex to look forward to. Like last year when she gave the queen a singing hamster (the toy not a real one), she is to give something innovative this year as well. Plus, with the entire family getting together, it will be the last she celebrates with just her husband

Either way, we're sure it'll be a very merry Christmas for the royals this year.

Also read: What's going on with Markle's shoes

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj