What will Kate Middleton’s parents say?
According to some sources, Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland has been invited to Sandringham, Her Majesty’s country estate in Norfolk.
A senior royal source has said that the offer was a “very thoughtful gesture”-but nonetheless an unusual one.
Kate Middleton’s family has been invited to the Christmas morning church service in the past, but they have preferred to celebrate the day in their home back in Anmer Hall.
Speaking to the Daily Express, the source said: “It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgment that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country – unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family.”
It seems that Doria Ragland’s calm, warm demeanor has impressed the Palace. She had been seen chatting with her in-laws multiple times at the royal wedding.
Her close bond with her daughter Meghan, 37, is well known, and there has been talking that she was planning to return to London in the new year to help out with her very first grandchild.
The 62-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, has been described by the Duchess of Sussex as a “free-spirited clinical therapist” who often took her traveling to remote places when she was younger.
Her relationship with the Royal family is a strong contrast to that of Meghan’s dad, Thomas Markle. The 74-year-old former lighting director has been part of multiple scandals that involved Meghan and the Royal family. He was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, but failed to rise to the occasion and missed the ceremony altogether.
The reason behind that was put that he had suffered a heart problem. How true is that we don’t know. He had a number of controversial interviews, stating that he believed his daughter was masking the pressure of being part of the Royal family in July. He also expressed the fear that he could die soon and that this was the longest he and Meghan had gone without speaking.
Buckingham Palace has refused to give any comment on the situation, stating that they were unable to comment on private matters concerning the Royal Family.