Why the Queen has never invited Kate’s parents to Christmas but Meghan’s mum will go
The Queen has reportedly invited Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland to the Royal Family’s Christmas celebrations. But why have Kate Middleton’s parents never attended the special occasion?
Christmas will be an entirely different occasion for the Royal Family this year, with Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new baby Prince Louis in the picture and Prince Harry with his new wife Meghan Markle – who is pregnant with their first child.
Meghan spent Christmas with the royals in 2017, as the big day fell just weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement.
And this year it’s no surprise the Duchess will be heading to the Sandringham Estate for the festivities once more, after the couple revealed their pregnancy in October this year.
In order for Meghan not to miss the second Christmas in a row without her mother by her side, the Queen, 92, has reportedly invited her mother Doria Ragland, 62, to join the cosy occasion.
Carole and Michael have never joined her daughter and the Royal Family in Norfolk for their Christmas traditions
The Queen has been moving with the times in recent years, taking a more modern approach to royal rules no doubt under the influence of her grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry.
But to invite the parent of one of her grandchildren’s partners is unheard of.
So why have Kate Middleton’s parents never attended Christmas at the Sandringham Estate?
While there was a previous occasion Carole and Michael Middleton joined their daughter, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte for Christmas in 2016, it was Catherine and her husband heading to their home in Berkshire.
The couple joined Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, 35, and her brother James, 31, at their parents’ family home in Berkshire.
There was also an occasion where the Middletons stayed at nearby Anmer Hall in Norfolk instead of Sandringham itself.
However, Carole and Michael have never joined her daughter and the Royal Family in Norfolk for their Christmas traditions.
The Queen’s invitation for Doria has broken royal protocol, and is a very modern move for the Monarch.
But the situation for the Duchess of Sussex is entirely different, as her mother is the only family member she still has a close relationship with and she still lives in her hometown in LA.
A palace source told Express.co.uk earlier this month: “It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country – unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family.”
Meghan’s mum also struck up a bond with Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles earlier this year at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding, so the invite could have been the Prince of Wales’ suggestion.
Express co uk has contacted Buckingham Palace to provide a comment.
Catherine’s brother hinted his Duchess sister could spend Christmas with his family once again this year, after sharing his festive plans with German TV channel Leute Heute.
He said the family will “re-group”, hinting at Catherine’s return home.
James, 31, told German TV channel, Leute Heute: “I welcome people into our family home. I want it to feel like it’s their home.
“There’ll be turkey, champagne and some wine. For me it’s all about family. It’s one where we can all regroup.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK