The drama is heating up for the royal family. Prince William and Kate Middleton reportedly rejected an offer to spend the holidays with Prince Charles and Camilla. The rejected invitation comes amid reports that Charles is developing a close bond with William’s new sister-in-law, Meghan Markle.
Charles allegedly invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to spend the holidays at a family estate in Caithness, Scotland. Sources say they declined the invitation, though it is not clear why William and Middleton rejected the offer.
Fortunately for Charles, Prince Harry and Markle accepted the invite and reportedly had a “joyous” time.
“I think it’s fair to say that Meghan has brought Harry and Charles closer, and Charles is thrilled to have a new daughter-in-law,” a source revealed.
Markle and Charles have developed a close bond ever since she tied the knot with Harry. According to Express, the two have a lot in common because they have both experienced dysfunctional family life.
Over the past few months, Markle’s father has spoken out against the royal family in the media, stirring up a lot of drama in the process. Sources claim that Charles respects how Markle has handled the situation. He also sees a lot of himself in how Markle deals with the media, which has only strengthened their bond.
While Markle is clearly making inroads with Charles, she is also establishing a great relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
In fact, Her Majesty reportedly invited Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, to spend Christmas with the royal family at her Sandringham estate.
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Insiders say that Ragland was invited out of respect for Markle. Ragland’s last major royal appearance was at Harry and Markle’s wedding in May, in which she made quite the impression. She was also spotted with Markle in September in London.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have not commented on why they did not join Harry and Markle in Scotland with Charles. The royal family typically spends Christmas together with Queen Elizabeth in Sandringham every year.