Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will celebrate their first Thanksgiving living together as a family with some sweet and humble touches.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and son Archie will sit down to a traditional meal in their Californian home after she was widely praised for speaking about her miscarriage and raising awareness about the issue.
Writing in the New York Times this week, Meghan gave a heartfelt account of the couple’s traumatic experience in July, and described how she felt an “almost unbearable grief” after losing their second child.
Now, a source close to the family said after a week in the spotlight, they will enjoy a “quiet” holiday at home together – eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal with vegetables grown in their garden.
The source said: “They are going to have a quiet dinner at home and are looking forward to celebrating their first American Thanksgiving in the states as a family.
“They plan to enjoy a homecooked meal with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including recipes made with fresh vegetables from their garden.”
Meghan and Harry are likely to have a meal of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
The couple will mark Thanksgiving in their £11 million home in the celebrity hotspot of Santa Barbara, bought during the summer following their move from the UK after stepping down as working members of the royal family for financial and personal freedom.
The property which is said to have nine bedrooms, a games room, home theatre, spa facilities and a swimming pool is on a seven-acre site so there is plenty of room for the couple’s kitchen garden.
It was during another roast dinner in 2017 that Meghan began the journey that led her to marrying her prince.
As the then boyfriend and girlfriend cooked a roast chicken at Harry’s home in the grounds of Kensington Palace, he proposed to Meghan.
The duchess said about that moment: “Trying to roast a chicken and it just – just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic.
“He got on one knee.”
The Duchess revealed this week that she “watched Prince Harry’s heart break” after she had a miscarriage in a devastating account of the day the couple lost their second child.
The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she “dropped to the floor” while holding Archie after feeling a sharp cramp, saying she knew immediately what was happening.
She also recalls crying with her heartbroken husband as she lay in a hospital bed.
Meghan suffered the miscarriage in July, when she was living in LA, and has now opened up about if for the first time in an emotional piece for the New York Times.
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She writes: “It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib.
“After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”