Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland won’t be celebrating Christmas with the British royal family this year, Fox News has learned.
Despite previous reports insisting that the 62-year-old was invited to spend the holidays with her daughter and new son-in-law, Britain’s Prince Harry, a palace spokesman told Fox News Wednesday that is far from the truth.
“This is not something that we’re commenting on; however, we have previously guided that reports suggesting Ms. Ragland is spending Christmas in Norfolk are made up,” said the palace spokesperson.
Following the announcement, Markle, along with Harry, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton were spotted attending a Christmas lunch for members of the royal family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
The couples were photographed arriving in separate cars to the holiday event.
People magazine reported it is unusual for non-members of the royal family to join Queen Elizabeth for Christmas. The publication pointed out that despite Middleton being engaged to William in 2010, she spent her last Christmas as a single woman with her own family.
The publication added the Middletons have never joined the royals for Christmas. In 2016, Middleton and William chose to celebrate Christmas in 2016 with their children Prince George and Prince Charlotte in church with Middleton’s family in Englefield, England, near her childhood home.