Will Meghan Markle and the Royal Family Celebrate Thanksgiving This Year?
After all, it's one of the Duchess' favorite holidays. Here's what a royal Thanksgiving could look like.
After marrying Prince Harry earlier this year, Meghan Markle, now officially Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given up many things besides just her last name as she's transitioned into her new role—including her career as an actress and her hobby of publishing recipes and food tips on her now closed lifestyle website, The Tig. But she's still an American, and there is one tradition that we're imagining will be tough to let go: Thanksgiving.
Yes, Thanksgiving is traditionally an American holiday—but before you dismiss the idea of the royals sitting down to an autumnal feast, you should know that more and more Britons are partaking in Thanksgiving celebrations. The Guardian reports that one in six Britons enjoy a roasted turkey and cranberry sauce on the fourth Thursday in November, and sales of turkeys in the United Kingdom during this period has increased by a whopping 95 percent in recent years.
We're not the only ones wondering if Queen Elizabeth will tuck into a sweet potato casserole this year—the team at Delish stalked the royals' calendar and discovered that Meghan Markle won't be attending any public events or engagements through most of next week, and neither will Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton—the Queen could also, theoretically, sit down to a Thanksgiving feast as well.
The week of Thanksgiving also holds a special meaning for Meghan and Harry—the pair announced their engagement just a year ago, on November 27, the Monday following the holiday. Last year, Meghan Markle spent Thanksgiving with her mother, Doria Ragland—who is reportedly considering a permanent move to London, according to Vogue—at home in Los Angeles.
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But this year is extra special: Meghan Markle is pregnant, with the child due to arrive in spring 2019, and it seems that any chance for the family (especially Ragland) to gather 'round is too important to be missed, as Delish notes.
What would a royal Thanksgiving look like?
While it's certainly hypothetical, we know that Meghan Markle has more than a few recipes up her sleeve for a classic Thanksgiving spread, should the royal family choose to celebrate.
For starters, we know that Meghan Markle is a big fan of roasted chicken—so we're sure she'd be comfortable roasting a turkey at home (here are some expert tips to nail a roasted turkey). Using the magic of the Wayback Machine, a site that lets us explore Markle's The Tig as it appeared in the past, there are more than 20 recipes marked with a "Thanksgiving" tag on the site in 2016 alone.
We also know that Markle felt comfortable roasting alternative poultry for Thanksgiving. On November 4, 2016, The Tig published a recipe for Cornish game hens roasted in sage and pancetta, which are smaller, less complicated birds that are perfect for intimate dinners. (Related: Some People Are Ditching the Turkey for Thanksgiving This Year—Here's Why)
There are so many choices when it comes to delicious Thanksgiving sides that are easy to make—but there's more than a fair share of delectable side dishes in Markle's latest project, Together: Our Community Cookbook, which the Duchess helped publish earlier this year. There are 50 different recipes in the book, contributed by those in the West London community, and profits from sales go to a community organization supporting those affected by the Grenfell Fire.
You may recall that Meghan Markle reportedly practices a vegan diet during the week—and has also inspired Prince Harry to shape up and enjoy more vegetables on a regular basis. Kate Middleton is also a fan of raw vegetables, which means that a few vegetarian side dishes would fare well at a royal Thanksgiving. May we humbly suggest this green bean casserole dressed in fresh cauliflower cream? Plus, any of the 44 other vegetable-based Thanksgiving side dishes we're serving up this year.
As far as dessert goes, we actually know (for a fact! No guessing!) what Markle's go-to recipe is—she shared it with Cooking Light back in 2014, and it's one she tested and developed herself. Meghan's "Ginger Berry Crumble" is super easy to make, calling for fresh berries, vanilla, and maple syrup, among other handy staple ingredients. You can prep this delicious dessert up to three days in advance of your feast, much like many of the 30 plus recipes in our favorite Thanksgiving desserts lineup.
While we're unsure if the royal family will actually celebrate Thanksgiving this year, there are more than enough recipes, tips, and time-saving hacks to keep everyone covered. And don't fret! The royal cohort will certainly be dining on a Christmas feast soon (won't we all!), as it's the Queen's favorite tradition to celebrate with the rest of the royal family, according to Travel + Leisure.