Why Meghan and Harry had to arrive at Sandringham before William and Kate

Why Meghan and Harry had to arrive at Sandringham before William and Kate

Despite persistent rumours of a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, the duchesses will spend Christmas together.

The sisters-in-law are at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk with the rest of the royal family.

But newlyweds Meghan and Harry are staying at the main Sandringham estate, rather than nearby Anmer Hall, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen arrived at Sandringham on Thursday, travelling down by train to King’s Lynn station.


Her Majesty and Prince Philip were then joined by other members of the royal family – but there is a strict system.

James Brookes, royal commentator at Royal Central, told the Express: “As with other royal engagements and visits, there’s a pecking order.

“The more junior members of the family arrive first, with the senior royal following.”


So Meghan and Harry arrived before Kate and William, as they are more junior members of the family.

Prince Harry, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla are likely to be the last to arrive ahead of the Christmas Eve festivities.

A Sandringham Christmas is rich in tradition.

Last night, the royals enjoyed a formal black-tie dinner. In a nod to their German heritage, presents are opened on Christmas Eve.

Today starts with breakfast – for the royal women it is breakfast in bed as the men eat together downstairs.

The family then walk to the Norfolk estate’s St Mary Magdalene Church for the service, where they are greeted by a throng of well-wishers.

The family sit at 1pm for shrimp salad, turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding with brandy butter. After lunch, all watch the Queen’s speech.

In the evening each has a one-on-one chat with the monarch.

On Boxing Day, the family take part in a pheasant shoot.

In a new ITV documentary ‘ Meghan – The Story So Far ‘, royal biographer Andrew Morton revealed that when Kate becomes Queen, Meghan will have to curtsy in her presence.

The revelation was explained in the Tonight special, where Morton speaks candidly about Meghan’s current role in the royal family.

He said: "Kate has established herself as the future Queen.

"At the end of the day, Meghan will be curtsying to Catherine, because she will be the Queen.

"Meghan will always be just a junior member, albeit a very popular one, of the royal family.”

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