Entertainment

Why Meghan And Harry Will Be Spending Christmas Morning Apart

Tags:

This may be their first Christ­mas as a mar­ried cou­ple and their last with­out chil­dren, but the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex won’t spend the morn­ing of De­cem­ber 25 together. Un­sur­pris­ingly, their sep­a­ra­tion on Christ­mas morn­ing is­n’t the cou­ple’s choice but due to royal pro­to­col

Men and women who stay at San­dring­ham, the queen’s Nor­folk res­i­dence, are sep­a­rated on Christ­mas morn­ing, according to tradition. The queen’s for­mer chef Dar­ren Mc­Grady re­vealed in a piece for the Mail on Sun­day that the fe­male mem­bers of the royal fam­ily eat in their bed­rooms, while the male members con­gre­gate down­stairs in the din­ing room.

“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 wrote. “Male roy­als, mean­while, come down­stairs to the din­ing room for a hearty break­fast at 8:30 a.m. with eggs, ba­con and mush­rooms, kip­pers, and grilled kid­neys,” he con­tin­ued.

Royal but­ler-turned-eti­quette ex­pert Grant Har­rold echoed this view telling Fab­u­lous, “In a lot of aris­to­cratic homes, it does still hap­pen that the men will have break­fast down­stairs while the women have break­fast in their bed­room. The rea­son it hap­pens is be­cause it’s an old tra­di­tion that when a cou­ple [is] mar­ried, the gen­tle­man would come down for break­fast and the ladies would re­main up­stairs,” Har­rold added.

While break­fast in bed (and a few quiet min­utes to your­self) is surely a lovely way to start the day, we can’t help but feel the women get shortchanged on the food front. Christmas is all about in­dul­gence, and half a grape­fruit is­n’t what we had in mind when we pic­ture a fes­tive break­fast.

In­ter­est­ingly, Har­rold ex­plained that this out­dated rule only ap­plies to mar­ried women, hence why Meghan will spend her Christ­mas morn­ing with a fresh fruit plat­ter while Harry en­joys his full Eng­lish breakfast.

“All the ladies would have break­fast in bed apart from the sin­gle ladies. The sin­gle ladies have to be seen as ‘so­cia­ble’ whereas the ladies who were mar­ried did­n’t have to come down and so­cialize,” Har­rold con­firmed.

This article was originally written by Elizabeth Bennett. For more, check out our sister site, Grazia.

More From Woman’s World

George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Pays One Last Tribute to His Beloved Owner

Prince George Hams It Up In Newly Released Royal Photos For 2018 Christmas Cards

Meghan Markle’s Growing Bump Stole the Show at Surprise British Fashion Awards Appearance

Use left and right arrow keys to navigate between menu items. Use right arrow key to move into submenus. Use escape to exit the menu. Use up and down arrow keys to explore. Use left arrow key to move back to the parent list.