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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will break 6 royal traditions on their first Christmas without the royal family

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3. Harry and Meghan won’t exchange gifts over afternoon tea on Christmas Eve with the rest of the family

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Grant Harrold, former butler to Prince Charles, told Insider that the royal family has a set time schedule when it comes to giving and receiving their Christmas gifts.

“The Queen arrives a few days before everyone else, like any good hostess, to ensure everything is ready,” Harrold said.

“Then most of the royals will arrive on Christmas Eve. They will have afternoon tea, which is traditionally held between 4 pm and 6 pm, where they will exchange gifts.”

Harrold added that most of the gifts aren’t meant to be taken seriously. The former butler said he has heard (although not personally witnessed) that the family “tend to give each other humorous gifts.”

“What do you give people who have everything?” he added.

Here’s hoping the Queen doesn’t mind breaking the tradition so the couple’s son, Archie, can receive his first Christmas gifts in time for the big day. 

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