The Queen extends rare invite to Meghan Markle's mother

The Queen is so close with Meghan Markle she’s apparently broken a royal tradition for her. Source GettyMore

The Queen is so close with Meghan Markle she’s apparently broken a royal tradition for her. Source GettyMore

Their Christmas schedule stays pretty much the same year after year - signing cards in the Summer, taking the royal train to Sandringham, black-tie dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve - and this year, there will be a new addition to the royal festivities.

Rumor has it that Queen Elizabeth II invited Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, to spend Christmas with the royal family this year.

For as long as anyone can remember, only royalty has ever received an invitation to the Queen's annual Christmas celebration at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where the Windsor family has always spent their Christmas holidays.

It's Meghan's mum Doria Ragland who has actually scored the invite. Keep reading to see photos of Doria's encounters with the royals so far.

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Following weeks of drama surrounding Meghan's father Thomas Markle and her extended and estranged family members in the US, Doria was praised for her composed and graceful appearance at the royal wedding. For example, last year, a then-engaged Markle and Prince Harry stayed at Anmer Hall.WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Daily Mail, a source told the Sunday Express that it was a "very thoughtful gesture" which shows respect for Markle as well as an acknowledgement that the American mom-to-be doesn't have any other blood relatives in Britain.

Royal.uk.com even states about Queen Elizabeth's role in government, that, she is to "remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters" and is 'unable to vote or stand for election'.

She was also in London in September to join Meghan for the launch of a charity cookbook at Kensington Palace. This means their children will grow up a bit differently from Prince William and Kate Middleton's kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who are in the direct line of succession to the throne.

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