Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be able to spend their first Christmas morning as a married couple together, according to reports.
The couple, who are expecting their first child together in spring next year, will be spending the special morning apar – but don’t worry, it’s not because they’re on the rocks. Apparently, there is a compulsory royal traditional that means the two will be separated on the morning of 25 December.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Queen’s former chef, Darren McGrady, explained that in the royal household, the men and women of the family have their breakfasts separately. And the food on their plate is also, well, very different from one another.
‘On Christmas Day, the ladies generally opt for a light breakfast of sliced fruit, half a grapefruit, toast and coffee delivered to their rooms,’ McGrady told the newspaper. ‘Male royals, meanwhile, come downstairs to the dining room for a hearty breakfast at 8:30am with eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers and grilled kidneys, to set them up for the 11am church service at St Mary Magdalene.’
It’s not clear whether or not the ladies can have eggs and bacon if they ask for them – but alas, what the Queen says goes and believe it or not, it isn’t the strangest royal rule we’ve heard.
Last week, we revealed that the royal family are only allowed to buy each other joke presents which they all open at strictly 6pm on Christmas Eve, as opposed to Christmas morning like the rest of us.
‘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,’ McGrady revealed in a separate interview with the Express.
In true royal form, the presents are never left under the Christmas tree. Instead, all gifts are placed on a white linen-covered trestle table in the red drawing room, with cards marking out sections for each family member and any of the Queen’s household who is on duty during the festive days.