Is Doria Ragland going to fly to England to celebrate Thanksgiving?


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We’ve been hearing for so many weeks about how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be taking “six weeks off” and how they are totally going to LA, although neither of those plans have been solidly confirmed by their spokesperson. For weeks, the insinuation has been that Harry and Meghan would chill out in LA for weeks on end, going full Hollywood and hanging out with Oprah, probably. Well… the Daily Mail’s sources say that there’s a better possibility that Doria Ragland will come to England for Thanksgiving.

Meghan Markle may celebrate Thanksgiving in Britain rather than traveling to the United States for the holiday, DailyMail.com can disclose. Sources close to the Duchess of Sussex say the 38-year-old royal is considering spending the day helping out at a homeless shelter in London, not far from her home in Windsor. Meghan and Prince Harry have been widely reported to be planning to spend the holidays in Los Angeles with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, 63.

But sources close to the American royal say the couple are now considering having Doria make the 11-hour journey in the opposite direction – spending Thanksgiving at Frogmore Cottage with the couple and their seven-month-old son Archie. An insider told DailyMail.com: ‘From what I know, they aren’t coming here [to Los Angeles]. Doria is going there for the holiday [Thanksgiving]. They won’t be officially celebrating Thanksgiving because it isn’t a British holiday but Meghan is considering spending some of the day helping out at a homeless shelter in London.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah, the thing about Thanksgiving is that if you’re American, you can truly celebrate the holiday anywhere. Doria could fly in and they could roast a turkey at Frogmore Cottage and just chill out there. It might actually be better, perception-wise and traveling-with-a-baby-wise. That being said, I had assumed that the “time off” was mostly to get a break from the relentless British tabloids too. So I don’t know. I’m mostly getting the feeling that all of the royal reporters are struggling without direct access and they’re just making sh-t up.

Speaking of, Richard Kay at the Daily Mail has a piece about how Harry and Meghan are being terribly rude to the poor, pitiful Queen and half-dead Prince Philip by snubbing them at Christmas at Sandringham. According to Kay, “no one will miss Harry more than the Duke of Edinburgh.” Which I don’t believe, but I do believe that this could be Philip’s last Christmas. The courtiers are apparently sniping about the idea that Meghan would want to spend Thanksgiving AND Christmas with her mother. Considering Carole Middleton pretty much lived at Anmer Hall for months at a time, let’s give that a rest, huh? Kay also says that the Queen would have extended an invitation to Doria if that was the deciding factor in whether they went to Sandringham. But… I don’t believe that either.

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  1. Melissa says:

    This is ridiculous. None of them have any idea what the Sussexes are doing. They don’t even know what work projects they have going on until H&M want them to. There’s absolutely no way this (and the Sandringham story) are not completely made up.

    • DaisySharp says:

      Well then maybe they should release what they are doing. Why leave the opening for all this speculation. Just have on with it. This is too much drama for me, but whatever. Some people like it.

      • Lyn says:

        DaisySharp, why should they release further details of what they are doing? Do you want to know the exact house? So the media can go and harass them like New York. I don’t remember other royals giving further details other than we are going to spend time with this person.

        But with Meghan her saying she’s spending Xmas with her mother is not enough, you also want more details with where exactly she’s going. In what world is that anyone’s business or secure?

        They need to leave this woman alone no one cares about the finer details other than the media. Who want to use it to stalk them, take pics and write more trashy articles. Talk about trying to police the private life of a woman in a way that doesn’t hapoen to other royals. This is the double standard talked about and you are adding to it.

      • MEL says:

        Have they not? What other details do you need? How much of what William and Kate are doing for Christmas do you know and why are you not interested in finding out? Why are you blaming Harry and Meghan for people’s morbid, irrational and sickening cravings to know every single detail of their lives.

      • Original Jenns says:

        Why do they need to release their private plans? Because the reporters who make up racist stories about them are at it again?

      • Nahema says:

        @DaisySharp has a point – if the press knew officially, they could stop banging on about it. Nobody actually cares. It’s all just gossip and constantly changing the stories just add’s milage to the gossip. We know the Queen is at Sandringham for Christmas, we know they live at Frogmore cottage… to mention the location doesn’t really seem like a big deal.

        On one hand I know Meghan & Harry have had a rough time but on the other, they certainly know how to keep things going.

      • Original Jenns says:

        @Nahema – M & H keep things going by keeping silent? The press continue to say they are 6th in line and unimportant. YOU KNOW if they did announce, the press and certain people would comment about how important they think they are and no one cares, how Hollywood to announce their plans. I wouldn’t play the game either.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Lyn

        We are all well and truly obsessed with this couple. 🙃

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Bella DuPont, This situation with the Sussexes and the tabloid press is not any different than that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton or Liz & Dick as my grandmothers referred to them. The public was VERY interested in everything they did and the press did whatever it had to do the feed the appetite of the public and generate revenues.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Sigh…and once again asking H&M to bend over backwards to accommodate a racist press that will attack them no matter what they do or say.

      • Becks1 says:

        If H&M released the details of where they were going to be, with whom, etc – they would be dragged for that. The articles would be about the cost – “how much is their private Christmas costing YOU, the taxpayer?!?!?!?!?!!”, how they got there (if not the UK) – “a private jet AGAIN!!!!!!” and who they were with – “just doria, Markles snubbed again!” “Meghan and harry snub royals in favor of CELEBRITIES!!!!!”

        I mean, if you don’t think that’s how it would play out…..

        no way in hell would the RRs say “oh okay, cool, they’re going to LA, have a nice holiday!”

      • Jan says:

        They aren’t releasing for security reasons. They said they are taking time off at the end of this month and not spending Christmas at Sandringham and no more needs to be said. The press needs to shut up about it.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Baytampabay

        Ooohhh…..I like that comparison! Especially because I can already hear the haters hyperventilating…..

        .“Bu….but….but….they are NOT celebrities!!!”

      • Wendy says:

        Nahema .. that’s the thing – it would not stop the RR from banging on about it – they would find more reasons to criticize. They are never happy and never stop whining. It seems the only way they can sell papers and get clicks is by featuring H&M – the rest of the RA are SO boring.

  2. Guest says:

    So much speculation for the couple that royal reporters said mean nothing.

    As for the queen, boo hoo. Im sure her fave andrew will be there and of course the perfect queen to be kate.

  3. Millenial says:

    If Phillip or the Queen die this year, the royal reporters will never let them live it down that they missed their LAST Christmas. I can see the stories getting cooked up already.

    • MEL says:

      So what if they die…will their corpses refuse to rot because they missed Xmas?

      • Adrianna says:

        If Doria goes to England for Christmas, why not just have her spend it with all the royals for Christmas dinner? Everyone would love to see the baby and it would be a fun time.

      • Abena Asantewaa says:

        Hahaa! Love your response. So they have to spend every Xmas with The Queen, incase she or Phillip passes. What if they live to be a hundred. The Queen mother was 102. Doria can’t invite herself to Sandringham, should she hang around Frogmore, all alone, whiles H&M go to Church with The RF? Doria misses out, while all this emotional blackmail of Phillip or TQ passing, is used against Meghan and Harry. I say, go to LA, a change of scenery will do them good. Doria deserves a visit on her own territory.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Adrianna – that’s kind of the point though. Apparently its not a fun time at Sandringham for Christmas, lol.

      • Lady D says:

        The racism in that family is bone deep. Would you sit at a table with 30/40 other people who all think you’re common garden variety scum? They look down and you and will absolutely make fun of you either subtly or overtly and you want to stay for dinner?

    • Toot says:

      This could be anyone’s last Christmas and those vipers will attack M& H no matter what.

      There will be only one first holiday season for Doria’s first grandchild, so I’m glad they’re spending it with her.

    • Lorelei says:

      The thing is, we’ve been hearing this might be Philip’s “last Christmas” for like the past five years, if not longer. Meghan will be trashed no matter what she does, so she may as well enjoy Archie’s first Christmas with her mom.

      • spookie says:

        At least 7 years actually, the same accusations were made at W&K in 2012.

        I also have this silly feeling that Philip might be thinking, “oh not that crowd arriving here again this Christmas, I think I’ll go away on a cruise to avoid them all!”

      • Lorelei says:

        @Spookie ITA with your assessment of Philip. He’s probably so over all of this by now and would rather see family members in smaller groups where he can actually see the kids if he wants to. The whole Sandringham Christmas seems like a big show to feed the Queen’s ego.

    • Le4Frimaire says:

      If something happens to the Queen or Philip, if they were to suddenly fall ill, break a hip or whatever, I’m sure Harry and Meghan would be flexible and fly back to be there, maybe even by private jet if time was critical. We’ll just have to see how the rest of the year goes and wait until December 2020 to see the impact of them being away this particular Christmas. All of a sudden they’re essential and needed for the holidays, when everyone is saying they’re kryptonite and not worthy of her majesty’s grace and favor. Whatever dude.

  4. T says:

    Yes, I know I clicked on the article. But I’m curious: anyone else feeling like the site is oversaturated with royal stories? I think I’m getting royal fatigue.

    • Kathryn Slocum says:

      Me too

    • DaisySharp says:

      Yes, more Jason Momoa and Chris Evans stories please! Ps, this is NOT sarcasm, I am totally serious.

    • Bookworm says:

      Definitely.

    • aurora says:

      So am I.

    • aurora says:

      Sorry, double post.

    • broodytrudy says:

      Yes but I think it’s business planning. Consider the amount of clicks and comments they got on these articles versus others. Most news and gossip sites and commenters talk out of both sides of their mouth. “Leave meg and Harry alone but also I want to cover them but with a POSITIVE spin so it’s like, different. See?” None for thee, just for me.

      It’s just business.

    • notasugarhere says:

      You are welcome not to click on the stories. CB is one of the very few low-troll sites left for royal watchers and many of us appreciate that. We’ve had an influx lately of brand new trolls, but Kaiser has given us a way to deal with them.

    • Cee says:

      There are some stories I have no interest in, however, I do click on them because every staff member at Celebitchy gives us free content and entertainment.
      If I don’t care for an article (re: Miranda Lambert, lol) I do not comment.

    • Jamie says:

      Yeah, I’m getting there.

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t get this. One of the reasons there are so many royal stories is bc people comment and read them. If the royal stories got no responses, there would be fewer. If you don’t want to read something, don’t.

      I don’t really have any interesting in the Jolie/Pitt drama, so at this point I rarely comment or even read those posts.

      I have no interest in any of the Kardashians, so I rarely read or comment on those posts (and then its usually only the Kanye/Kim posts.) I didn’t even open the helicopter one from the other day.

      Its really not hard to just skip over something that doesn’t interest you.

    • Sarah says:

      I don’t mind royal stories, I just don’t read them if they don’t interest me but I wish we had less Cambridge/Sussex coverage and more Prince Pedo.
      But it’s probably a business decision. The Sussexes are the only ones who can easily generate 200+ comments.
      The weird thing obviously is that the Sussex Squad was quite vocal after Epstein’s death that it was scandalous to see the royal reporters waste everybody’s time with stories on H&M’s private plane when Andrew’s convicted sex offender of a friend had just died in the most mysterious circumstances.
      But they are not that different. Commenting on Christmas and Thanksgiving plan and frumpy clothes rather than BELOVED PRINCE ANDREW PROBABLY BEING A FREKING PEDOPHILE!!!!!!

    • Original Jenns says:

      Sorry, no! I hate hearing about the way Meghan and Harry are treated. But I love that this is a supportive gossip site for them. And when it comes to the lighter royal gossip, it takes the place of the reality star gossip we used to have so much of before our country and world went to crap. So the more royal stories the better :) But I can see how for people who prefer other stories it may be fatiguing. There are some celebs I don’t care about and usually skip those articles.

    • spookie says:

      More so because you know what the comments will be like underneath and even be able to guess who made them in many cases before you see the name :lol:

      • T says:

        I don’t mind some coverage! I guess what I mean is, I think I’d rather single more comprehensive posts per day than a bunch of separate ones. But I agree with the sentiment that it’s nice to read a blog that is supportive of Harry and Meghan.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        And the ones who never comment on any others stories on CB – just the H&M ones. 😄

    • Abena Asantewaa says:

      But you clicked on Royal news. Kaiser offers other non royal stories, so in the end the choice is yours. I come here expecting a Royal story, no surprises, definitely not oversaturated, thank you.

  5. Golly Gee says:

    If Richard Kay really cared about the poor queen, he’d cosplay Duchess Meghan and go to Sandringham in her place.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Richard Kay was big buds with Diana’s and firmly in her camp. I have also read that Richard Kay does not really like Bill Cambridge.

      Richard Kay would be lucky to get with 10 miles of the Sandringham Estate for more than 10 minutes and that would only be if he stooped in the village to fill his car up with petro, grabbed a Red Bull and sped on his merry old way.

  6. Margareth says:

    Royal reporters don’t know anything about Sussexes, they’re always writing fanfiction.

    • spookie says:

      Reporters are always writing fanfiction. There, sorted.

      • Silas says:

        Nah. The person who wrote about what actually happened with those budget flights certainly didn’t write fiction.

        But Rebecca English, Camilla Tominney, Richard Palmer, Emily Andrews and their ilk are not credible reporters.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I say we start a crowd-fund to finance Lady Colin Campbell writing a book. She may not be well liked but she is very well connected. Maybe we could raise enough money to pull Tina Brown out of retirement to write a new royal book.

  7. Enn says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Doria comes over and they hole up at Frogmore for some quality time. It sounds cozy.

    I’m worried a bit if M&H go to LA, actually – the paps are going to be swarming trying to find them. Maybe Christmas in NYC? Or Toronto?

    • Maxie says:

      They Mulroneys probably own a cottage or two in Ontario or Quebec. That would be much more private than downtown Toronto and a snowy Christmas would be a unique experience for Archie’s first Christmas.

      • HK9 says:

        While I doubt they’ll come to Ontario, as a Torontonian I can tell you this- While cottage country is of course more private, if you know the right people, you can be in downtown Toronto and no one will know and it won’t be reported. The Mulroneys know the people who can do that and it’s done all the time.

  8. Jen says:

    As far as “spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with her mom” Thanksgiving isn’t even a holiday in England so it’s not like they’re choosing her family over his for two holidays. This is silly.

    And maybe if the family hadn’t been so awful to them, they would want to be with them for Christmas.

    Not to mention, two Christmases ago (or was it 3?) when the Queen and Phillip were both sick at Christmas, people said the same about the Cambridges “This could be their last Christmas.” No offense, but they’re in their 90s. Any Christmas could be their last. The same is true for younger members of the family. No one knows what the year will hold.

  9. RoyalBlue says:

    This is wonderful as the press are up in arms and running around like headless chickens. Harry and Meghan are bypassing the press and using their Insta to tell their OWN story as all modern day fairy tales should go. And the press don’t know what to do so they are just making shit up as they go along.

    it would be lovely if Doria spends thanksgiving with the Sussexes in Windsor along with their real friends who will be around.

  10. TheOriginalMia says:

    The RRs don’t know anything about the Sussexes’ plans. Nothing. The Sussexes don’t leak to the press so Meghan’s plans for Thanksgiving Day aren’t known. And as has been pointed out, there isn’t an Thanksgiving Day in the UK. I do think Doria is flying over, but not quite sure for which holiday. Probably Christmas. I bet the Sussexes rent a home in LA for Thanksgiving. Behind gates and well guarded.

  11. Becks1 says:

    I love the idea of Meghan and her mom celebrating Thanksgiving at Frogmore. Its a good way to blend American traditions with her new life in the UK.

    But, I find it hilarious how there is all this constant speculation about what they are doing and when and with whom. Maybe we’ll find out, maybe we wont.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      It is building into a frenzy isn’t it. It’s like they are rockstars but bigger than the Beatles. (Which must be pissing William off)

  12. Cee says:

    I believe H&M do not owe the public and press any explanation, however, this is turning into a frenzy. Speculation should be shut down as soon as possible.

    • Lady D says:

      It was shut down yesterday with the Queen’s announcement, wasn’t it? What they do with their holiday time is their business, just like anyone else. Also, it’s only the press creating this frenzy to get what they want, which is access to House Sussex. It’s time someone muzzled the press. Let’s see what Queenie does. Does she go with the flow to take the focus off #pedointhepalace, or does she wait until someone from HSussex is hurt or worse, before she speaks up, if then. Will Charles finally say something? Why is everyone suggesting kowtowing to the rabid press? Maybe this will be what shuts them down.

      • Lorelei says:

        There are photos of her riding a horse on Twitter today, but it won’t stop the talk about the Sussexes because they’re the most interesting members of that awful family.

    • Sid says:

      Are they supposed to provide a minute-by-minute itinerary? What exactly could they do to shut down speculation? If they say they will be in LA, then that sets off a huge paparazzi frenzy, speculation about what house or hotel they will rent, lots of dumb rumors about lavish celeb filled parties, etc. It will never end no matter how much info they provide. Besides, it makes no sense in terms of security to tell the public your exact private holiday plans.

  13. MellyMel says:

    The RRs don’t know anything and are just playing a guessing game at this point. Also I swear this is the third or fourth Christmas where people are like, “It could be Phillip’s last…”…give me a break. He’s almost 100 years old! Any Christmas could be his last and same with the Queen. Hell the same can be said about all of us. So H&M should spend their Holidays how they choose. They don’t owe any of us an explanation, especially not the press.

  14. Original Jenns says:

    I think all of this just shows how much leaking was done by the other palaces before they split and did their own thing. The fact that there are new rumors and stories every day, new guesses that basically cover all of the bases tells you that no one is talking. So, if anything is confirmed, it’s that KP was leaking their stuff.

    • Toot says:

      Yep, and Harry probably realized that KP was the source and in return caused his rift with William for letting it happen.

  15. Rogue says:

    Remember with the birth announcement people said they should have laid out birth would be completely private (and only say once baby was born) and cited precedent with other non working royal children to stop frenzy. That’s kind of what they have done here but what do you know- still a press frenzy. They are just relentless

  16. L84Tea says:

    It cannot be said enough, Doria is such a beautiful, beautiful woman.

  17. kerwood says:

    It would make sense for Doria to go to England for Thanksgiving. She can bring her sweet potato pie recipe or, if she’s not a cook, bring a Gladys Knight sweet potato pie! Meghan could even invite some of her British friends to a REAL American Thanksgiving dinner

  18. MsIam says:

    My guess is they go to the US for Thanksgiving and then come back with Doria before Christmas. Then Doria goes back home after the New Year holiday. Thanksgiving is such a big deal in the US, that is when most of the stores and cities have their decorations up and everyone is rushing around and it’s exciting (to me anyway, I’m such a big kid inside, lol). I went to Toronto over the Thanksgiving holiday one year and although I had a blast, it wasn’t the same because it was just another day there instead of the holiday. So I vote for them going to the US instead of Doria flying in.

    • Lady D says:

      Stop by during our Thanksgiving celebrations. We’re about 3-4 weeks earlier than the US. You’ll probably like it then, too.

    • DM2 says:

      That’s because ours is much earlier than yours, falling on the second Monday in October, to closely coincide with our harvests. Frobisher held the first Thanksgiving in 1578, followed by de Champlain in 1606, so it has very old origins here, along with the help of our indigenous Mi’kmaq.

    • Le4Frimaire says:

      Agree with this. Thanksgiving is such an American thing and it’s nice to do it where everyone else is celebrating it. If I’m not in States during Thanksgiving, no way I’m going through the hassle of all that cooking on a Thursday.

  19. Beach Dreams says:

    For all the media’s claims that the Sussexes are so irrelevant, they’re doing a LOT of handwringing over how/where they’re spending their holidays. You would think they’d focus on the 2nd in line and his family. I bet Will and Kate will bring out the older kids for the stroll, especially now that the Sussexes have their own holiday plans. They’ll want to push that “totally and irrefutably happy British family” image.

    • Lady D says:

      …while fuming inside because the plan was to crash at Bucklebury, and be waited on by Carole. Now they have to get dre$$ed up, wrangle the kids into submission, put on their best I don’t see the paps faces and generally act the perfect royal family picture. I hope someone’s waiting to hand William a bouquet of roses.

  20. yinyang says:

    Poor Meghan, right now, most of us would turn to family to protect us from these punches, but she only has her mother. Not even her dad speaks up for her. I don’t know why in this day and age when bullying and suicide rate is high, that trashy people carry on this way. This is a young boys mother! Meghan keep your plans to yourself don’t give the British Press any ammo, they’ll get tired of your silence sooner or later. The BP are known to do this, they did it to Kate but she was aware of what she was getting into and didn’t seem to mind the humiliation, if you can’t stand it come back home for a while.

  21. Eeeeeeetrain says:

    Harry keeps making this much worse. He should know better. He’s as stubborn and spoiled as his brother.
    Having said…still think MM is pregnant and they will announce before Christmas and all will be ‘forgiven.’ One thing you cannot deny is how much leeway KM was given while pregnant, given her condition, but I still don’t think it was grave with all three kids I believe it just became a convenient excuse after George.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Oh yeah, because the press was SO nice during Meghan’s first pregnancy. It’s not like they kept attacking her right up to her due date and then some…

      The only ones making this into something “worse” are the RRs and the courtiers in cahoots with them. No one with sense is truly upset about how the Sussexes are spending their holidays. The RRs are pissed that they’re losing money from this choice and the courtiers are pissed that they won’t be able to push shady narratives to support whichever royal they’re working for. It also reflects poorly on the BRF in general, as people rightly think they’re providing no support to the Sussexes while they’re being attacked.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Do you not recall the downright harassment Meghan endured all throughout her pregnancy? Not the same as Kate’s pregnancies AT.ALL.

  22. Flying fish says:

    Kaiser, your description of Prince Philip!!!!!….Lord have Mercy.