Meghan Markle's Christmas festivities show major clash with Royal traditions

Meghan Markle's Christmas festivities from her life before Prince Harry show a major clash with classic Royal Family traditions

Meghan Markle's Christmas festivities from her life before Prince Harry show a major clash with classic Royal Family traditions
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Meghan Markle's Christmas festivities from her life before she became the Duchess of Sussex have been revealed, and the Duchess' lowkey and thrifty style show a clear clash with the decadent royal plans. 


In an unearthed interview with Grazia (opens in new tab) from before she was a royal, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, revealed her advice for celebrating Christmas with her friends. From thrifty decorating to sustainable table dressing, the Duchess highlighted her low-key Christmas style - a direct contrast to the splendor expected at Sandringham House

When it comes to decorating your house, Meghan suggests using natural branches is a great way to make your home look festive, without spending a fortune. "Traditionally garland or magnolia branches are used to adorn a stairwell banister or mantle," said Meghan as she advised that fans make use of the pieces they already have, "take this concept and trim the outline of a mirror or beautiful piece of artwork that is centrally located in your entry hallway or living room."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a reception for friends and family of competitors of the Invictus Games

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The Duchess also had advice about creating a simplistic but high-end tablescape. "When creating a table-scape, keep it simple and crisp with an all-white tablecloth, runner, and napkins. Accent with gilded plates and napkin rings and use a stylish set of cutlery. All white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centerpiece," she said.

The Duchess also advised that thrift shopping can be another way to keep decor costs low, "Purchase silver serving trays, platters, nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d' oeuvres passing."

Meghan also suggested that mugs can be reused as vases, "Use mint julep cups or Moscow mule mugs as low vases instead of drinking mugs. Fill with savory herbs or all-white florals."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry depart after visiting Nechells Wellbeing Centre on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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Rather than indulging in expensive catering, Meghan also advises that a buffet is a great idea, specifically when it's a potluck and everyone brings a dish. 

"Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake! Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen. If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet," said Meghan as she bucked tradition with a more relaxed approach to dining.

Meghan also shared her advice for making a festive tipple she calls, Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktail and roast potatoes called 'maple glazed potato wedges' which she called 'crave-worthy.' These cocktails and roasties are very different in style from the traditional British festive feast you will find in royal households this festive season. 

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex, and their children are not expected to visit the UK this Christmastime and it is thought they will be spending their holidays in California at their $14 million Santa Barbara mansion. This could mean that the Royal couple can celebrate their Christmas in a less traditional way and use some of the tips and ideas that Meghan has gathered over the years before she became a royal.

Laura Harman

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