With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding less than four months away, the future royal is quickly getting herself acquainted with her fiancé’s family.
When Queen Elizabeth II invited Markle to Sandringham for Christmas, she broke a precedent even Kate Middleton was unable to accomplish. In the past, only spouses of the royal family were welcomed to celebrate the holiday at the Queen’s private home, and when the Duchess of Cambridge was engaged to Prince William she was no exception.
As reported, Markle’s first Christmas with the royals went off without a hitch, with Harry even claiming they have become the "family she never had" – much to the chagrin of Markle’s half sister, Samantha Grant.
But as we all know, one of the most challenging parts of the holidays is finding the perfect gift for those we care for, and even more so for the ones we are trying to impress.
While details of what kind of gifts the royal family exchanged were scarce, we found out Middleton gifted the Queen with her homemade "marrow chutney," a family recipe passed down from her own grandmother.
"I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody," the Duchess of Cambridge said.
Now a fortnight later, Markle’s gift to the Queen has become public knowledge, and it did not disappoint.
Spending Christmas with your significant other’s family for the first time can be daunting, even more so if your partner’s family includes the Queen of England.
However, the pressure of the holidays didn’t get the best of Markle, as she made sure to find the perfect presents for her betrothed’s family, and what she got Queen Elizabeth II left her in hysterics.
According to Daily Star, Markle has a knack for gift giving, as she gave the monarch a singing toy hamster, which not only amused the Queen, but also her pet dogs.
Apparently, when Queen Elizabeth’s corgis saw the creative present, they snatched it away from her, causing Her Majesty to erupt in laughter.
"Meghan bought a little hamster that sings with a little rope for Her Majesty. It was so funny, especially when the corgis tried to take hold of the toy. She laughed and said 'they can keep my dogs company,'" a source to the royal family said.
It certainly sounds like Markle had a successful Christmas to us!
Would you appreciate the gift Markle gave the Queen?