For her first royal Christmas, Meghan probably brought several suitcases into the palace with her. She would’ve needed them. “The royal family does enjoy dressing up during the festive holiday,” Joseph explained to Vogue. “[Meghan would] need everything from evening gowns, day dresses and smart suits to casual wear for the Boxing Day shoot.” She would probably have had to change at least five times just for Christmas Day, then!
But ordinarily Meghan might not have been able to attend a royal Christmas celebration at all. Usually, the rule for royal family events is “no ring, no bring” – meaning that unless you’re actually married to a royal, you can’t come. Before she wed Prince William in 2011, Kate Middleton wasn’t invited to spend Christmas with the Queen. Neither was former England rugby player Mike Tindall after his engagement to Zara Phillips.
Yet the rules were bent for Meghan. Yes, Harry apparently requested that his grandmother make this a special case, and it seems she agreed. It did make sense, though, because Meghan’s biological family were across the pond in America at the time. And it would also have potentially been a PR nightmare if she hadn’t been invited; after all, Meghan was and is very popular with fans of the royal family.