Inside Royals’ silly Christmas stocking fillers from rude shower cap to singing hamster

Royal Christmases are like nothing else, with centuries of traditions filling every aspect of the day.

And gift-giving is no different. Following a tradition established by Prince Albert, The Firm open their presents on Christmas Eve, at 6pm sharp.

But as one of the most well-known families on the planet, what do you get someone who has pretty much everything? Well, apparently the answer is something funny and cheap.

Speaking on Channel 4's A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl explained: “If you can achieve something that is tongue in cheek, and will have the Queen laughing, then you've really done well that Christmas. The more kitsch, the better.”

With that in mind, here’s some of the gifts of Sandringham’s Christmas past.

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Harry gave the Queen an expletive shower cap

Known for his cheekiness, it’s clear that Prince Harry’s humour knows no bounds. With his grandmother, Her Majesty, having a diary jam packed with engagements and visits, the Duke of Sussex got her a gift to appeal to her busy lifestyle – a shower cap emblazoned with the slogan ‘Ain’t life a b***h’. Luckily the Queen saw the lighter side and is said to have found the present very funny indeed.

Anne gave Charles a leather toilet seat cover

Like Harry, Anne is known for her humour and quick wit, extending her personality to her present giving too. On A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets, former royal butler Paul Burrell revealed that the Windsors “love lavatorial humour”, incorporating it into their festive celebrations. As a result, one year Princess Anne bought Prince Charles a white, leather toilet seat. Given that the loo is often called ‘the throne’, it seems apt that Anne got her brother his very own throne.

Meghan gave William a ‘cereal killer’ spoon, and the Queen a singing toy hamster

Breaking tradition, the Queen invited Prince Harry's fiancé to spend Christmas at Sandringham in 2017. Unsure what to buy her future in-laws, Meghan Markle opted for a gag gift, according to the authors of Finding Freedom. “At least one of her gifts was a huge hit—a spoon for William that had 'cereal killer' embossed on the shallow bowl end of the utensil,” Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie wrote.

Not stopping there, an insider told the Daily Star that Meghan bought the Queen a singing hamster toy. “It was so funny, especially when the corgis tried to take hold of the toy. She laughed and said, ‘They can keep my dogs company!’,” they said. Unfortunately, the hamster was reportedly torn to shreds by Her Majesty’s corgis before the festivities ended.

Kate got Harry a ‘grow your own girlfriend’ kit

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Back before he met Meghan Markle, Prince Harry was having a hard time finding ‘the one’. Pulling the arm of her brother in law, Kate Middleton took things into her own hands and bought Harry his very own grow-your-own girlfriend set.

Looking up to the Duchess of Cambridge, Harry reportedly sought Kate’s approval before proposing to Meghan. “Harry and Kate are very close, she’s been like a mentor to him and he wanted her seal of approval,” said Katie Nicholl.

William got the Queen a pair of slippers with her face on them

Sharing a giggle with her grandson, Prince William gave Harry a run for his money when it comes to gift giving, the Duke of Cambridge allegedly once got the Queen a pair of slippers with her own face on them.

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