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In a departure from tradition, Meghan Markle received a special invitation to join the Royal Family for Christmas in 2017, a time when she and Prince Harry were still engaged, not yet married.

Prince Harry recently shared insights into Meghan’s inaugural Christmas with the Royal Family at their Norfolk estate in 2017. While he described her experience as “fantastic,” he acknowledged the complexity of his family. The couple had an enjoyable time with Harry’s brother, sister-in-law, and their children, highlighting the festive season’s familial and work elements.

During an interview on Radio 4’s Today Show in December 2017, Harry praised Meghan’s adaptation to unfamiliar family traditions, stating, “She’s done an absolutely amazing job. She’s getting in there, and it’s the family, I suppose, that she’s never had.”

In the Netflix documentary series “Harry & Meghan,” the Duchess candidly shared her perspective on joining the Firm for the festive season. While seated next to Prince Philip for dinner, Meghan’s expectations of the conversation did not unfold as anticipated, as she discovered she had been on the side of Harry’s “bad ear.” Despite the unexpected turn, Meghan expressed her initial excitement about the vibrant and energetic atmosphere of her first Christmas with the royals at Sandringham.

The Queen’s unconventional decision to invite Meghan in 2017 marked a departure from the customary rule that restricted non-married partners from attending Christmas celebrations. This contrasted with previous instances, such as Kate Middleton and Mike Tindall being excluded in 2010 despite being engaged to Prince William and Zara Phillips, respectively.

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