Before Marrying into the Royal Family
Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, had a different kind of Christmas before she became a part of the royal family. As a wealthy actress and star of Suits, she preferred low-key celebrations and intimate dinner parties with friends.
Meghan's Tips for Hosting the Perfect Christmas Soiree
In 2015, Meghan shared her top tips for hosting a great Christmas party with Grazia. Rather than a traditional dinner, she suggested throwing a buffet for friends. She emphasized the importance of simplicity and crispness in table settings, with white crockery, gilded plates, and a stylish set of cutlery. All white flowers in low vases were her go-to centerpiece.
The Duchess of Sussex's Festive Decorations
Meghan advised being thrifty with decorations and recommended purchasing silver serving trays and platters from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d'oeuvres. She also suggested adding garlands or magnolia branches to hallways for a festive touch.
Food and Drinks at Meghan's Christmas Parties
Meghan encouraged friends to bring dishes or cook together in the kitchen to break away from family traditions. She also shared her signature 'Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktail' and recommended serving it hot or cold. Mint julep cups or Moscow mule mugs were her preferred drinking vessels.
Tips for Hosting in a Small Space
Even with her spacious Californian mansion, Meghan shared advice for hosting in a smaller space. She suggested using the kitchen or dining room table as a buffet if a proper set-up is not available.
Meghan's Love for Leftovers
Meghan admitted to buying too much food for holiday meals and being a big fan of leftovers. She recommended turning leftover food into new dishes, such as wedges.
Christmas with the Royals at Sandringham
Every year, the royal family gathers at Sandringham for a grand Christmas celebration. The Christmas Eve banquet includes dishes like Norfolk shrimps, lamb or game shot on the estate, and a special pudding. The family toasts with champagne, although it's been revealed that few of them actually enjoy it.
Harry and Meghan's Last Christmas with the Royals
In 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan spent their last Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham before their move to the US. Despite rumors of a possible invitation, the couple reportedly won't be celebrating the holidays in the UK this year.
Now, as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has a different kind of Christmas experience with Prince Harry.