Ever since Kate Middleton officially joined the royal family back in 2011, she’s always seemed like she gets along with Queen Elizabeth splendidly. But, according to a new report, the 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge isn’t thrilled about the Queen, 92, giving Meghan Markle “special treatment” ever since she married Prince Harry this past May.
A palace source recently revealed to Life & Style magazine that Kate is allegedly miffed that Queen Elizabeth reportedly invited Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, to spend Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham — an invitation that has never been extended to Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
“Kate accused the Queen of giving Meghan special treatment and sees this as a huge snub to her side of the family,” the insider explained. “She understands that most of Meghan’s family is estranged from her and that this was a kind gesture, but it still hasn’t stopped her from thinking that Prince Harry’s wife has got it easy!”
“Kate’s parents have never been asked to spend the holidays with the Queen. Instead, she and [Prince] William have been forced to split their time between the Middletons and the royals, shuffling their children from household to household,” the source continued.
So, if Meghan, 37, and Doria, 62, do join the Queen and her family at Sandringham for this year’s holiday, what exactly can the American women expect from a royal Christmas? For starters, Meg and Doria should be prepared that the royal family doesn’t actually open gifts on Christmas morning — they exchange on Christmas Eve at teatime, according to the monarchy’s official website.
What else will be on Doria’s Christmas schedule? According to the UK’s Grazia magazine, the holiday includes, “A strict timetable, a large number of outfit changes, and a minefield of protocol and tradition. Doria will arrive on Christmas Eve. After her luggage is unloaded, there will be a present-giving ceremony after tea. The presents are laid out in the drawing room on trestle tables covered with white linen tablecloths. There will be an order of precedence, bur the gifts won’t be extravagant. There are mainly useful things, such as homemade jams, China or curios bought from country fairs. Then it will be time for some lethal martinis and a black-tie dinner.” Sounds like a great time to us!
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