Meghan’s too nice says chum Ser­ena

Daily Express - - For Brexit - By Richard Palmer Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Queen will wear a pa­per crown dur­ing Christ­mas din­ner, ac­cord­ing to for­mer royal but­ler Paul Bur­rell.

He claimed the monarch loved to “join the fun” and will not think twice about don­ning a pa­per hat from a Christ­mas cracker as she tucks into turkey and stuff­ing.

She will also en­joy a fes­tive tip­ple of her favourite drink, gin and Dubon­net. But one thing she will not do is watch her own Christ­mas Day speech on the tele­vi­sion.

In­stead she will nip out­side to walk her cor­gis while other fam­ily mem­bers tune in to the an­nual TV mes­sage.


Bur­rell, 60, who was a foot­man to the Queen be­fore be­com­ing Princess Diana’s but­ler, said the royal Christ­mas din­ner was like an episode of Down­ton Abbey.

He told Cheshire Life mag­a­zine: “The Queen loves to dec­o­rate the tree. The bot­tom half of the tree is left bare so that the Queen can dec­o­rate it with her grand­chil­dren.

“She loves a dry Mar­tini but her pre­ferred tip­ple is gin and Dubon­net.

“Menus are printed for each meal, which ap­pear in French on the ta­ble, and the Queen de­cides where ev­ery­one sits by us­ing a leather board with a win­dow for each place set­ting into THE Duchess of Sus­sex may have had a rift within the Royal House­hold over claims she is too de­mand­ing but in fact she is too nice, ac­cord­ing to her friend Ser­ena Wil­liams.

Ten­nis star Ser­ena at­tended Meghan’s wed­ding and said the Amer­i­can ac­tress, who is due to give birth to her first child in the spring, should put her­self first.

The 37-year-old for­mer world num­ber one, who has a one-year-old daugh­ter, told Peo­ple mag­a­zine that she has given Meghan ad­vice.

She said: “I’m like, ‘How are you?’ and she’s like, ‘No, how are you?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re so sweet, but I’m re­ally ask­ing – how are YOU?’”

The ten­nis star added: “I’m like, ‘Meghan, stop be­ing so nice…you’re the preg­nant one, aren’t you sup­posed to have hor­mones, why are you so sweet?’ But that’s al­ways been her.” She and Meghan, also 37, be­came friends af­ter meet­ing in 2010 and they ap­peared to­gether in a game of celebrity beach bowl at the 2014 Su­per Bowl in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Last sum­mer Meghan joined her sis­ter-in-law the Duchess of Cam­bridge at Wim­ble­don to cheer on her friend.

And on the sec­ond day of her tour of Aus­tralia with Harry in Oc­to­ber, Meghan wore a blazer from Ser­ena’s cloth­ing line.

In an in­ter­view be­fore Ser­ena gave birth to daugh­ter Alexis, Meghan said. “She’ll be an amaz­ing mom, the very best, be­cause she is so at­tuned to balanc­ing strength and sen­si­tiv­ity.

“Plus given that she is pretty epic at karaoke, I think she’ll put her sig­na­ture Ser­ena spin on singing lul­la­bies.”

Meghan and Ser­ena Wil­liams shar­ing a joke in 2014 at the Beach Bowl event

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