We cannot imagine anyone refusing a Christmas dinner invitation from the royals, but this unusual tradition that runs in the royal family might force one to consider the option of bowing out of the royal Christmas dinner. This year, actor and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her mom, Doria Ragland, will reportedly take part in the bizarre royal family tradition of getting weighed before and after Christmas dinner.
It is going to be Ragland’s first Christmas with the family, and it is worth noting that Kate Middleton’s parents have never been invited to the family’s celebratory meal at Sandringham in Norfolk before.
This strange trivia about the royals comes from Majesty editor Ingrid Seward and the new issue of Grazia. According to their report, the tradition was started by King Edward VII, who was worried about whether or not people were eating enough on Christmas. Sweet as it may sound, the reflection of lavish Christmas meals on the weighing scale may not be a sweet experience, after all.
On the big day, Ragland will reportedly enter the dining room last, as seniority and rank dictates the order and arrangement of seating in the royal family, and then they are expected to indulge in a fairly standard meal – a traditional turkey feast and Christmas pudding with brandy butter, and will later move on to a buffet dinner with 15 to 20 different food items. Finally, after dinner, the members will be weighed and their weight after dinner will be compared to their weight before the dinner. As King Edward VII has already established, maybe proof of the pudding is on the weighing scale.