The queen asks Meghan's mom to spend Christmas with the royals

  • The queen asks Meghan's mom to spend Christmas with the royals

The queen asks Meghan's mom to spend Christmas with the royals

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.

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.

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". The Queen had broken protocol for Markle before by inviting her to Sandringham activities when she was engaged to Prince Harry.

And she also told the couple she wanted to spend the holidays with them too.

Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly invited Doria Ragland over to Great Britain for Christmas.

Meghan - who is thought to be around four months pregnant - wore the striking outfit during a walkabout in Rotorua on her last day in New Zealand with her husband.

Ragland, 62, was the only member of Meghan's family to attend her and Prince Harry's wedding in May.

Doria Ragland has reportedly been asked to join the royals on Christmas day.

This holiday season will mark Meghan Markle's first as an official member of the royal family, and the season is shaping up to be a family affair as the Queen has reportedly invited Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, to stay for Christmas.