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 casualwear for the Boxing Day shoot.” She would probably have to change at least five times just for Christmas Day!
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” – 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 Mike Tindall after his engagement to Zara Phillips.
Yet the rules were bent for Meghan. Reportedly, Harry asked his grandmother to make an exception for her and she agreed. It did make sense, because Meghan’s biological family were across the pond in America. And it would also potentially be a PR nightmare if she wasn’t invited – Meghan was and is very popular with royal family fans.