Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol to attend Christmas celebrations with the Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry's fiancee is set to join Britain's royal family for Christmas.

The US actress will show she is firmly part of the Royal Family by joining her new fiance for the traditional festive gathering.

Having managed a long-distance relationship for over a year - jetting between Toronto and London and making the time to see each other every two weeks - Meghan Markle has made the bold decision to give up her life as an actress and move to the United Kingdom, permanently.

Christmas at Sandringham is likely to be the first of many for the American, who will Wednesday Harry sometime in May in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

It looks like Meghan is already making her mark on London. The Duchess also had some of the Middletons' favourite stems in her bouquet - hyacinths, for steady love, and ivy, for fidelity and friendship.

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The royals usually exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and attend a church service at St. Mary Magadalene Church on Christmas Day before enjoying a gala lunch and, sometimes, a walk in the woods.

The prince and American Ms Markle are due to marry in May next year.

It is thought that William and Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, will not take their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to the Christmas Day church service.

However, in a break with tradition by which royal partners must wait until they are married before being invited, Markle would also be joining Harry's elder brother William and his wife Kate, the prince's office Kensington Palace said.

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