Queen invites Meghan's mum to spend Christmas with the royal family

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

Queen invites Meghan's mum to spend Christmas with the royal family

Although this particular dinner at the Norfolk estate is an annual event, many royal insiders note the significance of the "thoughtful gesture" - Her Majesty has never extended an offer like this before, not even to Prince William's in-laws, the Middletons.

It is also a warm move towards Doria Ragland, 62, who impressed the Queen with her quiet composure at Prince Harry's wedding in May.

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".

Doria's composure during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding back in May left a lasting impression on the Queen, especially in the midst of all the drama surrounding Meghan's father, Thomas Markle.

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A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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.

He later said he had apologised to both Harry and Meghan and denied staging the shots for money, insisting they were taken in a bid to "change his image".

Doria was also in London in September and joined her daughter at an outdoor reception at Kensington Palace to mark the launch of a cookbook.

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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.

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

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