Meghan Markle recalls what first Christmas with the royals was really like

The Duchess of Sussex has shared a fascinating insight into her first time enjoying Christmas with the British Royal Family, in which she sat next to Prince Philip at lunch.

On Thursday 8 December, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released the first three episodes of their tell-all Netflix documentary series Harry and Meghan.

Following the release of Prince Harry's bombshell memoir titled Spare and the Sussexes' tell-all Netflix docuseries, it looks like the couple won't be spending Christmas with the Brits royals in at least a few years' time. While the royal feud has shown no sign of easing, the couple's new Netflix docuseries deals yet another major blow to any chance of a reunion.

Meghan Markle recalls what first Christmas with the royals was really like Chris Jackson

However, before relations escalated, the Sussexes once enjoyed a wonderful life at Sandringham, alongside their relatives such as Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the late Queen. And in the first episode of Harry and Meghan's Netflix series, the Duchess even paid tribute to the first Christmas she spent with the British Royal Family when there was no tension between them.

Meghan says the first Royal Christmas was amazing

According to the Independent, Meghan Markle recently lifted the lid on her first Christmas with the royals at the Sandringham Estate in 2017. The event saw her enjoy the festivities with the late Queen and Prince Philip and her in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton - at a time when the brothers were not at odds yet.

For the event, Meghan, a former TV actress, donned an elegant camel Sentaler coat and a Chloe saddle bag, while Kate Middleton beamed in a tartan Miu Miu ensemble, reports Hello!

Meghan Markle recalls what first Christmas with the royals was really like Max Mumby/Indigo

In an adorable interview, the Duchess recalls calling her mum to tell her how 'amazing' the Royal Christmas was. She also mentioned a special hilarious moment with Prince Harry's grandfather, the late Prince Philip.

Meghan says:

'I remember so vividly the first Christmas at Sandringham. Calling my mum, and she's like, 'How's it going?'. And I said, 'Oh my gosh, it's amazing'.'

The Duchess gushes that it's just 'a big family she always wanted':

'It's just like a big family like I always wanted. And there was just this constant movement and energy and fun.'

Funny moment between Meghan and Prince Philip

During the interview, the Duchess also recalls her experience of sitting next to Prince Philip, who was in his 90s at the time. She shares:

'And I just thought it was so wonderful. And I was like, 'Oh, we chatted and it was so great. And I talked about this, and talked about this.'

The mother of two then reveals the hilarious moment between her and Harry's grandfather:

'He [Prince Harry] was like, 'You had his bad ear. He couldn't hear anything you were saying.' I was like 'Oh...well, I thought it went really well!'

Meghan's last Christmas with the Royals

According to the , the last timMirrore Meghan and Harry spent Christmas with other royals at Sandringham dates back to 2018, when the Duchess was expecting their first child Archie.

Meghan Markle recalls what first Christmas with the royals was really like Samir Hussein

Before that, the 2017 trip marks a break from tradition as Meghan, who wasn't married to Harry at the time, attended a Royal Christmas before officially becoming a royal.

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