MEGHAN Markle’s family are worried they will never get to share another Thanksgiving with the new mum because of her “unique situation”.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, may fly mum Doria Ragland to Britain, ditching her plan to be in LA for the American holiday, according to reports.
Meghan’s uncle Joseph Johnson, 70, who has held on to a treasure trove of family photos featuring his half-sister and niece, says he has happy memories of past holiday seasons spent together.
He told Daily Mail: “You know, it’s been a long time since we all celebrated the holidays together.”
He continued: “What I remember is that it was always nice for family to get together, although it’s been maybe years since we saw Meghan and her mother.
“It was always a good time. We’ve got a little, small family – not a lot of cousins, uncles and that kind of thing that we know of. So when we got together, we were always happy to see each other.
“She (Meghan) was always a sweetheart. Always just the sweetest, most pleasant little girl. Just a pleasant person, a joy to be around.”
Johnson is Meghan’s mother Doria’s older half-brother and shares the same mother – Jeanette Johnson, who died in 2000 aged 71.
What I remember is that it was always nice for family to get together, although it’s been maybe years since we saw Meghan and her mother
The Duchess of Sussex has not seen any of her family members other than mum Doria since she began dating Prince Harry – including her dad Thomas Markle, 73.
Mr Markle is believed to be spending the holidays at his home in Rosarito, Mexico, and was joined for last year’s festive celebrations by close friend Lori Davis and her daughter Jocelyn.
Joseph says he finds their constant attacks baffling and doesn’t “recognise that person” in their descriptions of Meghan’s behaviour.
He told the outlet: “They have their reasons for why they see things the way they do and why they say the things they say.
“There’s two sides to every story and we don’t feel that way. The person that they’re talking about, how she always wanted to be princess and this and that – well I don’t know that person.”
Cheerful family photos have been released by Meghan’s relatives showing what Thanksgiving was like in the Markle household years before royal life.
It comes as sources close to the Duchess revealed they are considering having Doria make the 11-hour flight to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor for the festive period.
Meghan and Harry have spent the last two Christmases in Sandringham, where The Queen always celebrates.
Confirming they would celebrate with Doria instead this year, Buckingham Palace said: “This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”
This will be Meghan and Harry’s first Thanksgiving as parents, following Archie Harrison’s birth in May.
A source said that the couple — parents to six-month-old Archie — “needed to recharge their batteries”.
But their decision will do little to heal the rifts that have opened up with the rest of the Royal Family.