The Duke of Sussex has been called a lot of things, but “Christmas lot worker” has not been on that list…until now.
While shopping for a tree with his wife, Meghan Markle, near their Montecito, CA home on Tuesday, an excited little boy ran up to Harry and “asked if he worked there,” according to one of the actual employees, James Almaguer, who Tweeted:
“Meghan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas Tree.”
“It was anticlimactic, but a very, very interesting experience.
“We had our lot empty when they got there — their agent promoted them a good time to come instead of us shutting it down. There was one family in there and their stoked little son ran through trees up to Harry and asked if he worked here not knowing who that is,” he explained.
According to The Mirror, the Christmas tree lot is called Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch, “which consists of two tarpaulin tents in the car park of Macy’s department store in Santa Barbara’s North State area.”
The lot was reportedly supposed to be closed to the public so the royal couple could shop in private, but a family was still on site when they arrived.
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This will be Harry and Meghan (and Archie’s!) first Christmas since they announced in January that they’d be stepping away from their royal duties. During the holiday season last year, the family rented a home on Vancouver Island in Canada with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
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As People reminds us, this isn’t the first time Meghan and Harry have been seen Christmas tree shopping. Back in 2016, just weeks after going public with their romance, they went tree shopping at Pines and Needles in London, where the couple was seen holding hands and leaving with a $70 fir tree.