Meghan Markle asked late Queen to buy unusual Christmas gift for Prince Archie

Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle and Prince Archie
The late Queen had wanted to gift her great grandson a unique present with Meghan sending her the perfect idea for a gift -Credit:(Image: Getty)

Prince Harry previously shared a delightful tale on The Late Late Show that the Queen had once sought Meghan Markle's advice to find the perfect Christmas present for her great-grandson, Prince Archie.

When young Archie was two, his mother clued in the late monarch on his specific wish, resulting in an offbeat gift being dispatched to the Sussexes' residence in Montecito, California.

Prince Harry explained to host James Corden: "My grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas, and Meg said a waffle maker."

The Duke of Sussex went on to describe their current breakfast routine: "So she sent us a waffle maker for Archie, so breakfast now Meg makes up a beautiful organic mix, in the waffle maker, flip it, out it comes.

"He loves it. And now I have waffles for breakfast, bit of yoghurt, bit of jam on top. I don't know if that's the right thing to do. Berries, bit of honey", the Express reports.

Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty was known to be very generous to her grandchildren and made sure to send a gift out to the US for Prince Archie on his birthday -Credit: Getty Images

Corden looked baffled by the anecdote, challenging Harry by saying: "Sorry you're glossing over the fact that I cannot for the life of me imagine the Queen ordering a waffle maker to be sent to Santa Barbara. I can't get my head around it."

To that, Harry jokily responded: "I don't even know how to comment on that. Archie wakes up in the morning and literally just goes 'waffle?'"

Meghan Markle is said to have impressed the Royal Family with her clever choice of Christmas present during her first festive season at Sandringham in 2017, reportedly "playing a blinder" with a quirky gift for Her Majesty.

The Royal Family enjoys a special tradition of swapping presents on Christmas Eve during afternoon tea, where the emphasis is on humour and inexpensive gifts are preferred.

Royal commentator Richard Kay disclosed: "Harry once gave his grandmother a pair of rubber gloves for doing the dishes - I mean, really quite bizarre presents.

"Meghan would have found that as extraordinary as a certain Diana Spencer on her first Christmas buying lavish gifts for her in-laws. She never made that mistake again."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Prince Harry explained that his son's waffle machine had become part of their breakfast routine -Credit:Wireimage

Yet, Meghan showed greater savvy than Diana when it came to mastering the Royals' Christmas gift-giving etiquette.

In the Channel 5 documentary 'Harry and Meghan Vs The Monarchy' from 2021, Simon Vigar, the Royal correspondent for 5 News, noted: "Meghan played a blinder on her first Christmas. She got a toy - a singing hamster - for the Queen and apparently she loved it...and so did the corgis."

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