According to Royal expert and editor of Majesty magazine Ingrid Seward, Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland are in for a surprise after the traditional Christmas lunch. Because of an old tradition, both of them will be weighed after lunch.
Ingrid reveals 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. The reason behind this is to make sure that the guest is having a great time and they’re weighed to make sure that they are all being “well fed”.
The tradition goes as far as King Edward VII’s reign in the early 1900s- and applies to all members of the royal family. Almost all festivities undeniably revolve around eating, as the Royal Family first enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings before continuing to help themselves to an afternoon tea complete with a “gargantuan iced cake.”
And even though this year the Queen feels like bending the rules a little bit, by inviting Meghan’s mother to join the family at Sandringham(an honour never bestowed to Kate Middleton’s parents…how rude), it still seems that she will stick with this century-old tradition, which means both Meghan and Doria will be weighed both before and after they leave the royal residence.
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.”
And in order for them to “make room” for the lavish afternoon tea that is about come, the Royal Family then walk the grounds of the Sandringham estate and enjoy a “candlelit dinner in the dining room” in the evening.