Prince Harry once mistaken for Christmas tree salesman during festive shop in US

Prince Harry was once mistaken for a Christmas tree salesman during a festive shopping trip with Meghan Markle.

Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly allowed to visit a Christmas shop, when it was presumed to be empty, to pick out their tree.

However, there was still one family left inside Big Wave Dave's Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch, located roughly eight miles from Harry and Meghan's £11 million Montecito mansion.

James Almaguer, who worked at the shop, revealed how one child approached Harry and asked "if he worked here", reports The Express.

Posting on Twitter, Mr Almaguer added: "Megan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas tree.

"It was anticlimactic, but a very, very interesting experience.

"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.

"They seemed like very nice people, honestly.

"Meghan sounds very kind and Harry sounded and acted like a chill lad honestly.

"I’m really glad they liked our trees. We got the best we could get. Very appreciative."

While many people around the world will be putting their Christmas trees up during the countdown to December 25, the tradition has long been associated with blue-blooded Britons.

It had been thought Queen Victoria and her German-born husband Prince Albert popularised decorating Christmas trees in the UK.

However, King George III and his German wife Princess Charlotte are now believed to be the first to have imported the fir tree festive custom from the continent back in the 1790s.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to stay in California for Christmas rather than join members of the Royal Family at Sandringham for this year's festive celebrations.

A source told Page Six: "There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff know that Harry and Meghan are not coming.

"If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.

"But this is Her Majesty’s first Christmas without her husband, so one would have hoped they would want to be with her."

The Daily Star has reached out to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex regarding Page Six's report.

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