As things heat up between the couple, we take a look inside Prince Harry’s loved-up Royal Christmas plans with girlfriend Meghan Markle…

With a royal engagement in sight, this Christmas is going to be one to remember for Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36. And while a royal insider tells Woman that the couple – who have been together for nearly two years – will have to spend large amounts of the day apart, they’ve told pals they’re planning to make the most of every minute in the lead up. We see what the couple have planned this Christmas – which is rumoured to be their last as girlfriend and boyfriend…

The big day

Harry longs to spend the day with his girlfriend, but he is first and foremost a prince, and it’s his royal obligation to attend the official church service in Sandringham. A palace insider has revealed to us, ‘Despite their serious relationship, Meghan won’t be invited to attend the church service. This is seen as a step too far with the service that’s traditionally strictly limited to only family members.’ Even though Harry will be staying at Sandringham House with the rest of his family, it’s thought Meghan will be staying elsewhere to avoid the overwhelming glare of courtier scrutiny – but they’ll still find a way to celebrate. Our insider continues, ‘It’s thought that Meghan will dip in and out of Sandringham so that they can spend at least part of the day together.’

Family comes first

There’s no denying that Prince Harry is family orientated, previously confessing that his nephew and niece were ‘the most amazing things ever’, adding, ‘I, of course, I would love to have kids.’ And it’s clear that Meghan shares his values. The actress  is very close to her mother Doria Radlan, and with Meghan planning to be away from her family this Christmas, we’re told Harry wants to involve her loved ones as much as his. ‘Meghan is planning something for her mum as a pre–Christmas celebration since they won’t be spending the whole day together. Doria adores Harry, so he wants to join them to make sure their mini Christmas is as special as possible.

Meghan’s gift to Prince Harry

Christmas is a time for festive films, decorations and, of course, a huge tree. And Meghan’s present for Harry this year is exactly that. Our royal insider reveals, ‘Meghan absolutely loves Christmas, but what she’s really excited about is decorating his Kensington Palace home. She wants to make it feel as homely as possible for them both.’ Clearly that part of Christmas is fast becoming a tradition for the couple, after they were spotted together buying a tree last year…

Royal Wedding?

Speculation about when, not if, Harry will propose to Meghan has been rife since the couple officially went public with their relationship at the Invictus Games in August. It’s expected that this will be their last Christmas as single entities and this will be Meghan’s opportunity to be properly introduced to royal life, now insiders say they believe an announcement is imminent during the Christmas period. Our source continues, ‘Word has it that an engagement will be made official in the Firm over the festive period.’ After all, it’s been heavily reported that Meghan has already met the Queen, with insiders saying it’s a clear sign that Her Majesty has given her blessing on their romance. So will there be a diamond ring under the tree for Meghan this year? We certainly hope so!

Words: Chloe Andrews