Meghan Markle and her mum Doria will reportedly both join the Queen for Christmas lunch. Photo: Steve Parsons/Getty Images
Meghan Markle and her mum Doria will reportedly both join the Queen for Christmas lunch. Photo: Steve Parsons/Getty Images

Crazy royal tradition awaiting Meghan and Doria

MEGHAN Markle and her mother Doria Ragland will be "weighed" after their Christmas dinner as part of a bizarre royal tradition, according to a royal expert.

Royal expert and editor of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward claims that each member of the royal family, including Meghan's husband Prince Harry and his brother Prince William, is weighed before and after tucking into their turkey dinner on Christmas Day, reports The Sun.

Royal traditions — some are conventional, some are downright weird. Picture: i-Images/Pool
Royal traditions — some are conventional, some are downright weird. Picture: i-Images/Pool

Ingrid told Grazia that the Queen asks each of her guests to "weigh themselves" using a pair of antique scales when they first arrive at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk for the Christmas period.

But this is all to make sure guests are having a great time - and they're weighed to make sure they're being "well fed".

The tradition dates back to King Edward VII's reign in the early 1900s - and applies to all members of the royal clan.

As the festivities undeniably revolve around eating, the royal family first enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings before indulging in an afternoon tea complete with a "gargantuan iced cake".

And although the Queen appears to have bent the rules by inviting Meghan's mother to join the family at Sandringham (an honour which has never been bestowed on Kate Middleton's parents), this sacred tradition means that both Meghan and Doria will be weighed both before and after they leave the royal residence.

 

We’d be rethinking our RSVP to Christmas lunch if we were Doria. Photo: Steve Parsons /Pool/Getty Images
We’d be rethinking our RSVP to Christmas lunch if we were Doria. Photo: Steve Parsons /Pool/Getty Images

What's more, the Queen's guests are also expected to "enter the dining room in order of seniority."

After they are then seated, "the head chef carves the turkey" and "paper hats are donned, but not by the Queen".

In order to "make room" for their lavish afternoon tea, the royal family then walk the grounds of the Sandringham estate and enjoy a "candlelit dinner in the dining room" in the evening.

 

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission



HEALTH ALERT: Bushfire smoke affecting air quality

HEALTH ALERT: Bushfire smoke affecting air quality

Residents are reminding to stay vigilant about poor air quality

Is it time for an emergency services reserve?

premium_icon Is it time for an emergency services reserve?

We need a specialised response team, similar to the Army Reserve