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Meghan ‘worried about putting foot wrong’ at Christmas says new documentary

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Meghan Markle used to worry about “putting a foot wrong” at royal Christmas gatherings, according to a documentary.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, would have found it an “incredible ordeal” getting her head around all the royal rules and traditions, it is claimed.

She will be spending Christmas with her husband Prince Harry, 36, at their home in California this year.

The royal family normally gathers at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk to mark the occasion.

But Meghan and Harry also ducked out of the royal Christmas last year as they decided to extend their trip to Canada, the Express reports.

The couple spent Christmas in 2017 and 2018 with the Queen and the rest of the Firm.

But royal commentators claim Meghan may have struggled with the extensive list of traditions and the intensely organised day.

Channel 4's A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets explored the military-style operation of the day, which is planned five months in advance.

Royal commentator Richard Kay said: “I imagine it must have been an incredible ordeal for Meghan, being introduced (to the family), not just having to get used to these sort of foreign traditions, but then the whole obligations that come with celebrating with the Royal Family where everything has to be just so.

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“She would have been very worried, I’m sure, about putting a foot wrong.”

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl added: “I can imagine that as joyful and wonderful as it undoubtedly is, there will probably be moments of stress and tension for members of the Royal Family.

“After all, they’re not in their own home and they are doing everything understandably so, by the Queen’s book of a royal Christmas."

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Princess Diana is said to have disliked the royal Christmas gathering and would often be “climbing the walls” at the end of the festive season.

Kate Middleton has also admitted she was nervous about what to buy the Queen as a present when she spent her first Christmas at Sandringham with Prince William.

She ended up making the monarch chutney.

Royal Christmas presents are particularly difficult because the Queen expects only impractical and novel gifts to be exchanged.

The royals are expected to change outfits up to five times on Christmas Day and cannot go to bed until the Queen does.

However, the Queen, 94, will spend her first Christmas away from Sandringham this year since 1988 as she and Prince Philip follow the Government's rules on forming "bubbles".

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