Before they can proceed with organizing their royal wedding, Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle will have to decide how to spend the holidays. Now that they’re engaged, royal-watchers are speculating as to whether the prince, 33, and the Suits actress, 36, will celebrate together. Typically, Harry joins the Royal Family for festivities at Sandringham, where he attends Christmas Day church service with the Queen and participates in traditions like the silly gift exchange.
Ahead of their engagement announcement on Nov. 27, Meghan relocated from Toronto to London. Could her first Christmas with the royals be next? While history tells us that she probably won't join in on the holiday fun until after the wedding, Kensington Palace hinted that Meghan might make an appearance. When asked about holiday plans, the palace responded, "We’ll have updates on Christmas in the coming weeks."
After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their engagement in November 2010, the couple went on to spend Christmas Day separately. Prince William was on call at RAF Valley in Anglesey that year, while Kate spent her final holidays before her royal wedding at home with her tight-knit family in Berkshire. A year later – after millions around the world watched her marry her prince – all eyes were on Kate as she took part in her first Royal Family Christmas at Sandringham. Similarly, William’s cousin Zara Tindall didn’t bring her husband Mike Tindall to the gathering until after they were married. Decades earlier, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s brief engagement prevented them from having to plan for such an occasion. Harry’s parents announced their plans to wed in February 1981 and exchanged vows that summer.
Harry and Meghan dated secretly for months before their romance made headlines in October 2016. They made their first public appearance as a couple earlier this year in Toronto, when they took in a wheelchair tennis match during the Invictus Games.