What do you give the Queen for Christmas? It’s a question that most of us will never have to worry about… and, yet, this is exactly the dilemma that American actress, Meghan Markle, who is engaged to the United Kingdom’s Price Harry, founder herself facing this year!
Let’s talk about why we find Meghan and Harry’s romance do uplifting. Then, I’ll reveal what Meghan got the Queen for Christmas. I promise that you will be surprised!
There are many reasons that Meghan and Harry’s story has grabbed the public’s attention.
First, at a time of self-imposed tension between the United Kingdom and the United States, their love transcends geographical boundaries and reminds us of our historical connection.
Second, Meghan’s entry into the British Royal Family is the stuff of fairytales. Even if she won’t officially be a princess, she will be a part of a life that many of us dreamed of as little girls. I mean, who hasn’t wanted to be a princess at some point in their lives?
Finally, she is continuing the process of humanizing the Royal Family by giving us a glimpse into its traditions and idiosyncrasies. This is a process that is supported – and dare we say encouraged – by the Royal Family.
What do you get a queen for Christmas?
Do you buy her something expensive, perhaps adding to her already impressive collection of jewels?
Do you try to shock her with something that she would never expect, like sky-diving lessons?
Or, as Meghan chose, do you give her the gift of laughter?
Meghan avoided the temptation to try to impress the Queen and gave the gift of laughter. Specifically, she bought a stuffed hamster. Yes, that’s right… a stuffed hamster!
According to the Daily Star, which reported on the gift, the Queen thought that the gift was hilarious and burst out laughing when she first saw it. She even said that the toy would do a fantastic job of keeping her dogs company.
Caption: We don’t know exactly, but, her gift might have looked like this one… available on Amazon.
All joking aside, this really is a brilliant gift. After all, there are a few things that we can never have too much of. We can never have too much love, time or, as Meghan realized, laughter!
Of course, on one level, it’s none of our business what Meghan buys the Queen for Christmas. At the same time, it is clear that the Royal Family enjoys the attention – or, at the very least, they understand that their future is tied to their ability to keep public opinion on their side.
One way that it does this is by feeding information to the press that humanizes its members while celebrating and strengthening its traditions.
So, does it matter what Meghan bought the Queen? No.
Does her gift offer a glimpse into the life of the Royal Family? Perhaps.
Regardless, is it fun to think about the Queen laughing hysterically after being given a stuffed hamster for Christmas? Absolutely!
What would you buy for the Queen if you had the chance to meet her? What is the funniest gift that you have ever received? Let’s have a chat!