May 12, 2021

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Meghan Markle’s old Christmas-hosting advice resurfaces online

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We can’t help but wonder… did these tips make the trip from the Sussex’s royal residence to their new California home?

Long before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was a confident “hostess with the mostest,” according to some savvy Christmastime entertaining advice from an old interview that recently resurfaced — once again — in time for the holidays.

In 2015, the former “Suits” star gave an interview to Grazia magazine, during which she shared her go-to tips for a festive yuletide celebration with friends. To begin, Markle said she proudly played by her own decorating rules, from hanging natural garland in unusual places to setting an all-white tablescape.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on Nov. 27, 2017, in London, England. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously stepped away from their senior royal duties in early 2020 for a quieter life in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on Nov. 27, 2017, in London, England. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously stepped away from their senior royal duties in early 2020 for a quieter life in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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“Traditionally garland or magnolia branches are used to adorn a stairwell banister or mantle. Take this concept and trim the outline of a mirror or beautiful piece of artwork that is centrally located in your entry hallway or living room,” she suggested, per Insider.

On the dinner table, the then-blogger — whose lifestyle advice could be found on her now-shuttered site, “The Tig” — adored a clean, “crisp” setting.

“When creating a tablescape, keep it simple and crisp with an all-white tablecloth, runner and napkins,” Markle advised. “Accent with gilded plates and napkin rings and use a stylish set of cutlery. All-white flowers placed in the low vases are the perfect centerpiece.”

And for an instant touch of “formality,” she recommended using silver-toned trays and platters for serving.

The then-"Suits" star spoke with Grazia magazine in 2015 and shared her go-to tips for a festive yuletide celebration with friends.

The then-“Suits” star spoke with Grazia magazine in 2015 and shared her go-to tips for a festive yuletide celebration with friends.
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For festive fare, Markle shared recipes for a spiced holiday cocktail with almond milk and bourbon, and maple-glazed potato wedges that were always a “crowd favorite.”

When wrapping up the finishing touches, the actress encouraged readers to make their own fun by creating their own traditions.

“Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie’s fruit cake! Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen,” she said, according to Grazia. “If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet.”

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Fast-forward to the present, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t expected to celebrate Christmas with Prince William, Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family. The Sussexes and their baby son, Archie, will likely stay put in the United States due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. But it’s a safe bet that Duchess Meghan may whip out some of her old tricks for Harry and Archie. (Here’s hoping her immediate family likes maple-glazed potato wedges.)

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Conflicting reports had previously emerged on the couple’s Christmas plans for this year, as Meghan and Harry famously stepped away from their senior royal duties in early 2020 for a quieter life in Santa Barbara.  

The Sussexes also recently opened up their Frogmore Cottage home in the United Kingdom to the prince’s cousin Princess Beatrice, who is expecting her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank.

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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