Queen invites Meghan Markle's mum to royal family's Christmas celebrations

Ruben Ruiz
November 6, 2018

The invitation would would break with royal precedent.

A source close to the family says that the invitation is a "mark of [the Queen's] respect" for Meghan, an acknowledgement that she doesn't have any family in England.

The source added: "Queen Elizabeth is very aware of all the problems Meghan has had with her dad and sister and she feels sorry for her that she doesn't have family and a support network close by".

Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, memorably broke protocol previous year by inviting Meghan as the first fiancée to attend Christmas with the royal family before her wedding to Harry in May.

Although the Queen has asked members of the Middleton family to join them for the Christmas morning church service, they have been based nearby at Kate and William's home, Anmer Hall, rather than at the Norfolk estate.

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Doria Ragland got to know the royals, including Prince Charles and Camilla, at Meghan and Harry's wedding in May.

Mr Markle was due to walk his daughter down the aisle but pulled out at the last minute after it emerged he had staged paparazzi pictures in the days prior to it.

Doria won widespread praise for her dignity at the royal wedding following weeks of family drama surrounding Meghan's father, Thomas Markle.

Doria joined her daughter at an outdoor reception at Kensington Palace in September to mark the launch of a charity cookbook to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first holiday as a married couple is sure to be a memorable one.

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