The Queen has reportedly invited Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland for Christmas

Meghan and her mum Doria Ragland are said to have a close relationship

Meghan and her mum Doria Ragland are said to have a close relationship

A senior royal source said that the unique move was "a very thoughtful gesture". It has been reported that the monarch has invited the Duchess of Sussex's mum, Doria Ragland, to spend Christmas with them in the United Kingdom - which will be the last before Prince Harry and Meghan's baby is born.

The Queen's invitation would show respect and also acknowledge that Meghan, unlike Kate, has no other family in Britain, the source said.

Kate Middleton's family has joined the royals at church on Christmas morning previously but have stayed at nearby Anmer Hall rather than Sandringham itself.

But it seems Meghan Markle's bond with her husband, Prince Harry's, grandma is so strong - she's made a decision to break protocol. Doria already has met the Royal Family during her visit to the United Kingdom in May, when she attended her daughter's big day.

Spending Christmas at Sandringham will only strengthen her relationship with the royal family and Meghan will be about five months pregnant by then.

Judging from her Chrissy invite, it certainly seems like she'll be welcome at Buckingham Palace.

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After Meghan married Prince Harry there was a backlash from her family although Doria did attend the wedding without any fuss.

Mr Markle pulled out because of health problems just days before she was due to walk down the aisle and admitted he had staged paparazzi pictures.

She was also in London in September to join Meghan for the launch of a charity cookbook at Kensington Palace.

The duchess, who worked with Grenfell campaigners on the book, Together, said it had been a "labour of love".

She reportedly said she was "head over heels" with pride as Meghan helped prepare lunch for guests.

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