The Queen invites Doria for Christmas
(and Kate’s mum’s not happy)
While we’re all digesting Christmas lunch and toasting the Queen’s speech on telly, Doria Ragland will be spending the day with the real deal. heat can reveal that Meghan’s mum has had a personal invitation to spend Christmas with the royals. And of course she’s said yes – you don’t turn down turkey with Her Maj.
And although most of the royals are chuffed that they’ll be pulling crackers with Doria, 62, there’s one person who is feeling the cold touch of FOMO. “Carole Middleton was less than pleased when she found out,” says our Buck House insider. “She can’t help but feel snubbed. She has never been asked to join the royal household for Christmas, and she would love to be regarded as part of the royal family.”
It seems the Queen’s treatment of Meghan may have been rubbing Carole up the wrong way for a while. We’re told, “Like any mother Carole is fiercely protective of her kids, and is already watching for evidence that the Queen favours Meghan over Kate – this is all the proof she needs as far as she is concerned. She doesn’t like the way Meghan seems to be stealing Kate’s spotlight.”
Doria spent a few days in London with Meghan and Harry last month – accompanying them at the launch of Meghan’s charity cookbook, Together: Our
Community Kitchen, which supports families affected by the Grenfell tragedy. Although she is La-based, Doria was already planning to spend the festive season in the UK with her daughter and new son-in-law. We’re told that when the Queen heard about her plans, she invited Doria to Sandringham for Christmas lunch.
With all of the family issues that Meghan, 37, has been going through recently, the Queen is reportedly concerned for her wellbeing. “She is very aware of all the problems Meghan has with her dad and sister, and she feels sorry for her that she doesn’t have family and a support network close by,” we’re told.
Ironically, Kate and Wills won’t be spending Christmas at Sandringham, either, as our insider tells us, “Ever since they’ve had kids they have alternated, and this year, they’ll be at the Middleton home in Berkshire.”
We’re sure they’ll still enjoy a classic British Christmas, then, arguing about family. But the Queen’s speech might be slightly awkward viewing this year.
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Doria with Meg and Harry last month
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