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

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

The moment should also serve as a nice full-circle one for Meghan, who just previous year broke royal protocol when she was invited to spend Christmas with her then-fiancé's family for the first time (usually, royals need to be married for their other half to be welcomed to such major family events).

It has been said the the Queen was very taken with Doria following the royal wedding.

Now that she's a member of the Royal Family, Meghan must open her presents on Christmas Eve.

Doria supported Meghan through the highs and lows of her wedding.

A source said it was a "very thoughtful gesture" for the pregnant Duchess's mother to be invited, in what would be an unusual move, the Sunday Express reported. The Middletons have spent Christmas with the royal family but resided in the neighboring country house Anmer Hall instead.

According to Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth invited Meghan Markle's mum, Doria Ragland, to join them for the first Christmas since Duchess of Sussex is part of family.

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

Her relationship with the royals marks a strong contrast to that with Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle.

She is known to be very close to Meghan, 37, and is said to even be planning a return to London to help with her new grandchild in the New Year. "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".

The newly minted Duchess of Sussex is now in the years-long process of applying for British citizenship, meaning that she is still an American citizen and therefore can vote by absentee ballot, though it may be something that would be frowned upon.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.