Saturday 21 July 2018

Meghan Markle joins Prince Harry and Kate Middleton British for Christmas Day service at Sandringham

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(Left-right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and Lady Sarah Chatto arriving to attend an early Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duke of Edinburgh, (left- right back) Princess Eugenie, Autumn and Peter Phillips arrive to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
(Left-right) Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Autumn Phillips (back left) and Peter Phillips (back second left) , Sir Timothy Laurence,(back third left), the Countess of Wessex (centre left), the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie (front) arriving to attend and early morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Earl of Wessex (left) arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Queen Elizabeth II carries daffodils given by a girl (right) after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Beatrice, leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Beatrice arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
US actress and finacee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle, arrives to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (C) gestures as he is followed by (L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, US actress and finacee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arriving to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and US actress and finacee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and US actress and finacee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry (R) gestures as he and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (2L) arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Charles; Prince of Wales Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle leaves the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Princess Anne, Princess Royal attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Meghan Markle arrives at St Mary Magdalene's church for the Royal Family's Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at St Mary Magdalene's church for the Royal Family's Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at St Mary Magdalene's church for the Royal Family's Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle arrives at St Mary Magdalene's church for the Royal Family's Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain, December 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Edinburgh arrives to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurenceleave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle joined her fiancé Prince Harry for Christmas Day service at Sandringham Estate.

The 36-year-old actress is the first royal other half to spend Christmas with the British royal family before a wedding and is believed to be part of a strategy to build up a rapport with the British public before their wedding on May 19.

And with her family based in Los Angeles, it's believed an exception was made to normal protocol to ensure she wouldn't spend Christmas Day alone. As Meghan and Harry's relationship moves apace, it's also believed he will be cutting the celebrations early today and won't be participating in the traditional hunt so as not to offend his other half, an animal rights activist.

The couple arrived alongside Kate Middleton and Prince William, with Meghan opting for a camel wrap coat and a brown  hat, clearly take a leaf out of Kate's style playbook. She mustered up a brief wave and smile, but they will take part in a walkabout after the service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant with her third child, arrived in more festive attire with a tartan coat dress and fur hat.

The couple were joined by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the celebrations today, as well as Princess Eugenie and Beatrice, while two notable absentees were Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kensington Palace announced earlier this month that Meghan and Harry will wed in St George's Chapel, which is located in the grounds of Windsor Castle and has hosted countless royal weddings and funerals.

The Church of England's Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave his blessing to the couple to tie the knot in a church.

(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle attends Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Lady Louise Windsor, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(L-R) Lady Louise Windsor, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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