The Queen extends rare invite to Meghan Markle's mother

Queen 'asks Meghan Markle mother Doria to Christmas at Sandringham'

Report: Meghan Markle’s Mother Doria Ragland To Join The Royal Family’s Christmas Celebrations At Sandringham

Since she married Prince Harry back in May and officially entered into the royal family, Meghan Markle's life has changed nearly beyond recognition.

Doria, 62, the only member of Meghan's family to attend her wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle in May, has reportedly been asked along as a "mark of respect".

Last year, Elizabeth made a historic exception by inviting Markle, and now she is breaking royal tradition again for Markle's mother.

When the royal baby news was revealed in October, the grandmother-to-be was said to be "very happy about the lovely news" and looking forward "to welcoming her first grandchild", according to a statement from Kensington Palace. The Middletons have spent Christmas with the royal family but resided in the neighboring country house Anmer Hall instead. She even flew in from Los Angeles to celebrate the release of Markle's charity cookbook, titled Together: Our Community Cookbook, and fans have been speculating we'll be seeing even more of the grandma-to-be as the expectant duchess prepares to welcome her first baby.

"When you meet Doria, it all falls in place".

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Meghan and her mother have remained notably close, while Megan's relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, remains strained.

In a post on her now defunct blog The Tig in November 2016, Meghan urged her fellow Americans to vote.

The 74-year-old former lighting director has courted controversy over multiple interviews he has given over Meghan and the royals.

In July, he told The Sun On Sunday how he believed his daughter was masking the pressure of being part of "The Firm". "In the past, when Kate Middleton was engaged to William and also when Mike Tindall was engaged to Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Phillips, they didn't, as [an] unmarried [couple], spend Christmas with the Queen".

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