By Stacey Leasca
December 13, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The royal family’s Christmas celebrations are all about tradition. Each year, the entire family heads out to the countryside to take part in a number of activities. Those activities include exchanging gag gifts, eating a few roasted birds, and heading out to church together. But there’s one thing Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton will likely have to do alone: eat breakfast.

According to former royal chef (and current professional royal snitch) Darren McGrady, the Windsor family tends to split off during the early morning hours on Christmas day. That’s because, according to McGrady’s story in the Daily Mail, “On Christmas Day, the ladies generally opt for a light breakfast of sliced fruit, half a grapefruit, toast and coffee delivered to their rooms – the Queen’s tray is delivered at exactly 9am.”

However, the males in the family typically head downstairs to the dining room where they partake in a “hearty breakfast.” Their meal, McGrady wrote, comes with “eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers and grilled kidneys, to set them up for the 11am church service at St Mary Magdalene.”

Though, it should be noted, if Meghan or Kate decided they’d rather have a decadent breakfast meal they surely wouldn’t be shunned from the boys' table.

When the family returns from church, McGrady added, it’s straight to pre-lunch cocktails. At that time, the Queen reportedly requests a gin and Dubonnet and Prince Philip has beer. The rest of the royal crowd will likely sip a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

Christmas lunch is then served at 1 p.m. sharp, according to McGrady. At that time, “The table features elaborately folded starched white napkins, a silver candelabra with lit candles, wine decanters and red and gold crackers at each setting – a wonderful sight, although there is no shortage of Christmas ‘tat’ elsewhere at Sandringham.”

Ahh, to be a fly on that wall…