It looks like it’s Christmas at Sandringham again this year! While it was previously believed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be ringing in the holiday season at Buckleburry with Kate’s family, it seems they’ll be with the rest of the Royal Family after all – including the other half of the ‘Fab Four,’ Prince Harry and Meghan.
While the royals get together for more than a few significant occasions each year, Christmas with the Queen certainly ranks as one of the most important. Every year, Her Majesty and Prince Philip invite their family members and some friends to their Norfolk home to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year. This will mark Duchess Meghan’s second holiday season with the Royal Family (her first as an official royal!) and someone special may be crossing the pond to join them.
The duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, has reportedly been invited to join in on the festivities at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Dec. 25. But this won’t be the first time that the yoga teacher and social worker has met Her Majesty, of course! Leading up to her daughter’s royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel in May, Doria got to know the Queen over a pot of tea.
On Meghan and Harry’s big day, it was very clear that Doria got along well with Prince Charles, too. After watching the gorgeous couple exchange vows at the altar, the two were spotted chatting happily on the West Steps of the chapel. He then linked arms with Doria and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, to walk down the stairs and exit the stunning venue.
It would come as no surprise if Meghan’s mom was spotted with the rest of the royals on Christmas day, as the duchess is Doria’s only child and the two are extremely close. This could be the perfect trial for the Los Angeles native, who is reportedly gearing up to make the move to London to be closer to her first grandchild, due next spring.
In September, Doria was on hand to help launch Meghan’s first solo charity project as a royal, Together: Our Community Cookbook , where she said she was “head over heels” proud of her daughter’s accomplishment. And clearly, the mom had a huge impact on Meghan when it came to her own cooking, as the royal said in the book’s foreword. "One of my own favourite meals is collard greens, black-eyed peas cornbread - a meal I would look forward to throughout my childhood,” she said. “During my time at university in Chicago I would wait with bated breath to return to LA for the winter break and have a bowl of my mother's gumbo."
The holiday season will also be a special time for the ‘Fab Four’ as they prepare to part ways early next year. Prince Harry and Meghan are gearing up for a move to Windsor, where they will make Frogmore Cottage their first family home ahead of the spring arrival of their first child. Luckily, the town is only an hour drive from London, so the foursome will easily be able to continue their ground-breaking work with the Royal Foundation (and squeeze in some visits too!)