Meghan Markle apparently won't spend Christmas morning with Prince Harry
Their first as a married couple
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After a year of magic and rule-breaking, the holiday season has one last strange tradition ahead for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Though their live-action wax replicates are allowed to act out Christmas morning, albeit in the most disturbing way, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will apparently have to spend those first glorious hours of the special day in separate quarters.
According to The Sun, the Royal family's former chef of 15 years, Darren McGrady, revealed that the men traditionally go downstairs to the dining room for a hearty breakfast at 8:30 am, "with eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers and grilled kidneys, to set them up for the 11 am church service at St Mary Magdalene."
Meanwhile, the women are supposed to stay in their bedrooms for the first meal of the day, and instead of a hearty breakfast, they generally have a light meal of sliced fruit, toast, and coffee. Sure, breakfast in bed sounds nice, but a very pregnant Markle may not be satisfied with half a grapefruit and bread.
The old tradition is reportedly very common in aristocratic homes, but specifically among couples who are married. The married women would also have breakfast in bed separate from the single ladies, and while all of this separation seems tedious—and quite the opposite of an American Christmas morning, where families typically gather around the tree right away and spend as much time together as possible—it's actually supposed to be a treat for married women.
In the past, single ladies reportedly had to be seen as "sociable," and therefore had to get out of bed and start socializing. Married women, however, had already filled their quota of sociability apparently, and didn't have to come down from their warm beds to be around the men wolfing down their food and chatting up those sociable single ladies.
So, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might not spend their first Christmas morning as a married couple together, but then again, what's one more broken tradition?
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