Queen Elizabeth II reportedly visits Meghan Markle regularly.

Just recently, the palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be spending their Christmas in the U.S. with Markle’s mom Doria Ragland. Some felt that by doing so, Prince Harry and Markle are snubbing the Queen’s Christmas invitation since royals always gather in Sandringham to spend the holidays together. Despite this, the spokesperson who confirmed the news also revealed that the Queen was supportive of the couple’s decision.

There were different opinions about Prince Harry and Markle’s decision. However, according to an insider, the duchess and Her Majesty share a great relationship despite the alleged snubbing incident. In fact, the monarch regularly visits Prince Harry’s wife to help her cope with the challenges of the royal life, Express reported.

A few weeks ago, Prince Harry and Markle got emotional when they shared the personal difficulties they face as first time parents and royals who are under constant scrutiny from the media. Markle added that not many asked her if she was okay. It turned out that Her Majesty was always there for her.

Although the spokesperson said that the Queen was supportive of the couple, royal correspondent Ingrid Seward believed that she was hurt. However, Her Majesty is “too gracious” to let her emotions show.

“I think it’s sad they don’t want to be part of the family gathering, particularly now the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in their dotage. The Queen might be a little hurt but she’s far too gracious to ever let it show or be known,” Seward said.

Prince Harry and Markle’s decision to not join the royal family this Christmas is not the first time that they declined an invitation from the Queen. According to previous reports, they also said no to Her Majesty’s invitation to join her in Balmoral last summer.

Several sources said that Queen Elizabeth II was disappointed that the couple did not fly to Scotland. One insider said that the new parents felt that their son Archie was too young to travel. However, the source also questioned their decision, saying that it was “a bit odd“ because the royal couple took Archie to Ibiza and France.

Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle and the Queen are pictured during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018, in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Getty Images/Jeff J Mitchell