Meghan Markle has had a difficult year when it comes to navigating the complexities of family life now that she is a member of the British royal family.
Her mother, Doria Ragland was the only member of her family to attend her May nuptials to Prince Harry.
While Meghan spent her first Christmas as a newlywed and expectant mother with the Queen at Sandringham, her mother Doria was not in attendance.
It was widely reported following the wedding that Doria had been personally invited to spend the festive season with the royal family.
If this was true, she clearly politely declined the offer, opting instead to spend the holidays in Los Angeles.
Doria was photographed by paparazzi in the US as she exited her home to collect her post. It is reported that she spent Christmas alone based off the fact that she was photographed collecting her post alone, but for all anyone knows she stepped out of a house full of friends and family.