It's almost that time of year again, when Autumn comes to a close and Americans go all out with a big celebration of Thanksgiving. But will Meghan Markle be one of them?
Since relocating to London two years ago to marry Prince Harry, it's thought that Meghan has had to forfeit a family Thanksgiving with her mum Doria Ragland, as it's not a part of the British holiday calendar. This year, however, things are different.
After giving birth to baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in May, the Duchess of Sussex took a fairly short maternity leave of about five months. To make up for it, Meghan and Prince Harry have decided to take the final six weeks of the year off, in an extended Christmas break designed to allow them some true quality time together as a family. According to a royal insider speaking to the Sunday Times, "The Duke and Duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much needed family time."
The report suggested the family would be "dividing their time between the US and the UK," travelling to America to spend Thanksgiving there with Doria. If that's the case, with Thanksgiving taking place on Thursday this week, Meghan, Harry and Archie will probably already be in the States.
Prince Harry was last seen at a public event a week ago on Saturday, when he attended the inaugural OnSide Awards, celebrating the achievements of young people. Meghan Markle, on the other hand, hasn't been out since the Remembrance Day events at the beginning of November.
So how will the family be celebrating Thanksgiving - aside from spending quality time with Doria? If Meghan's old social media posts are anything to go by, the Duchess will be indulging her love of cooking over the festive weekend.
Back in 2014, when Meghan was still active on her lifestyle blog The Tig, the former Suits actress shared some of her favourite Thanksgiving recipes with readers - one of which she promised would make you feel like "the Queen of happy bellies and full hearts". How wonderfully ironic.
In her blog, Meghan said she "[loves] a brined, stuffed and roasted turkey as much as anyone, but if you’re just cooking for two, maybe a smaller bird is more up your alley." As an alternative for a smaller party, the royal suggested an oven-roasted chicken breast recipe, served with mushroom and leek gravy. You can find all the details here if you like the sound of it (who doesn't?).
In an Instagram post dating back to 2016 (when she had recently started dating Prince Harry), Meghan Markle posted a picture of herself from a previous Thanksgiving, proudly beaming over a roasted bird. She captioned it: "Oh, that time I roasted a pretty perfect Thanksgiving turkey! The question is, can I do it again? The pressure is on!" Indeed it is.
H/T Cosmo UK