Usually, unmarried significant others are not permitted to join the Queen’s holiday guests at Sandringham. Notably, Kate Middleton had to wait until she had tied the knot with Prince William before she could attend. Likewise, Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, had to marry her husband, Mike Tindall, before they could spend Christmas at Sandringham as a couple. But for Markle, it appears the rules were bent.
“Only spouses and close family are usually invited,” P.R. consultant and royal watcher Richard Fitzwilliams told U.K. tabloid newspaper the Daily Express at the time. “However, Harry and Meghan will be living together at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and her family are in the United States,” he continued, adding, “The monarchy relies heavily on precedent and tradition, but it also makes its own.”