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Monday 18th November 2019

Inside Meghan's first Christmas as a royal

All eyes on her

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have been enjoying their first Christmas together as a married couple in Norfolk.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are spending the holidays with Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at Sandringham.

They will have taken part in various royal traditions, such as going to the church service on Christmas Day before heading back to Sandringham House for their traditional meal.

The beautiful Sandringham (Credit: Shutterstock)

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Guests arrived on Christmas Eve and exchanged gifts on that day with the other attendees including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children - George, Charlotte and Louis.

Meanwhile, Meghan's mother reportedly rejected an invitation to spend Christmas Day with the royal family.

Doria is remaining Stateside (Credit: Getty)

Doria Ragland - who is based in Los Angeles - was offered the opportunity to spend the day alongside her beloved daughter and her husband Prince Harry, as well as the other royals, but she has instead opted to remain in the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who are preparing for the arrival of their first child in 2019 - joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other royals at the St Mary Magdalene Church service today.

The royals attending church this morning (Credit: Shutterstock)

Historically, it's rare that non-family members spend Christmas with the royals, with Meghan's appearance during last year's festivities being a notable exception.

Meghan and Harry last Christmas (Credit: Wenn)

In contrast, the Duchess of Cambridge never spent Christmas with the royals until after her marriage in 2011.

Of the stranger royal traditions, this one has to be the most curious... it's been reported that Meghan will be weighed both before and after Christmas dinner.

Indeed all guests will apparently be subject to the weigh-in on antique scales, a long-held habit to ensure everyone is fully satisfied after their festive meal!

Read more: Why Meghan will be weighed on Christmas Day

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