Now that Meghan Markle is officially settling in with her fiance Prince Harry in the UK, their first Christmas together will no doubt be a special one.
The former Suits actress is said to be celebrating the holiday at Queen Elizabeth II's country estate, Sandringham, in spite of not officially being wed to Harry yet.
It has now been said that Meghan will also be spending some quality time with her future niece and nephew.
A source shares that Meghan and Harry are expected to stay at Prince William and Kate Middleton's country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk so that they can see four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte open their stocking from Santa on Christmas morning.
“It will be the first time Meghan has stayed with them,” says a family friend. “And everyone is rather looking forward to it. It’s going to be a bigger Christmas than usual.”
On Christmas Eve, Uncle Harry and his bride-to-be will arrive at the 18th-century Georgian manor for a three-day stay.
The couple is also expected to attend the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace the week before the holiday. The event is thrown for the Queen's relatives who aren't invited to the exclusive celebrations at her estate over the holidays. This gives Meghan a great opportunity to get some facetime with Harry's extended family.
Meghan also attended a pre-Chritsmas staff party at Windsor castle, her future wedding venue, with Harry last week.
The upcoming holiday celebration will be Meghan's first official event at the Queen's London home.
"Firstly, it's important to stress that this is a completely new departure from Christmas with reference to the royal family," royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said. "Normally, the protocol is pretty strict. In the past, when Kate Middleton was engaged to William and also when Mike Tindall was engaged to Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, they didn’t, as [an] unmarried [couple], spend Christmas with the Queen."
A lot of the reason she is included is because her family isn't local for the holidays.
"Obviously Meghan’s parents are in the United States, but the main reason [Markle is invited] is clearly that it’s what Harry wished," he continued. "But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it wasn’t the queen’s idea, simply because, it’s so important to make a new member and a future senior member of the royal family feel welcome, feel at home, and Christmas is the perfect time to do it."