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Why Meghan And Harry Will Be Spending Christmas Morning Apart


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.

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