Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle Share Sweet Moment At Royals’ Christmas Service

Karen Anvil, 40, took the picture of Meghan Markle stroking her bump at Sandringham where past year she captured Princes Harry and William with Kate and Meghan greeting wellwishers.

Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, 97, was absent from the church service, as was Prince Charle's wife, Camilla, who is recovering from a cold. She was wearing a dark navy coat, designed by Victoria Beckham.

She finished her outfit with a black hat with feather detail and black leather gloves and bag.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George (right) at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

And while some slammed the Royal for being "cheap" and shopping at a discount store, former press secretary to The Queen, Dickie Arbiter hit back on Twitter, saying: "The Duchess of Cambridge can shop anywhere she damned well pleases".

This year is the second Christmas Meghan is spending with the royal family but her first as a royal herself. Royal expert Katie Nicholl explained to Entertainment Tonight at the time that the decision was another example of the Duchess making royal history.

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The photographer, from Watlington, Norfolk, said despite the 2017 picture earning her nearly £40,000 so far, she would be avoiding Sandringham next Christmas after the paparazzi turned the cameras on her.

Usually it is the norm for royals to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve - with joke presents.

"It's a big deal because it's incredibly unusual". Even with the most deeply-held differences, treating the other person with the utmost respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding, ' she adds.

Kate and Meghan have been the subject of a series of media reports claiming there is a rift between the two duchesses.

Christmas is a royal affair in the UK.

  • Michelle Webb