Meghan Markle's mom Doria Ragland could be spending Christmas at Sandringham

Danny Woods
November 6, 2018

A source told the Sunday Express that the invitation was a "very thoughtful gesture" and would both show respect and acknowledge the fact that Markle does not have any family in Britain.

In contrast, Kate Middleton's parents have also been guests at the Sandringham Christmas morning church service but typically stay with their daughter and Prince William at their nearby home nearby, instead.

"It's a mark of the Queen's respect for Meghan and an acknowledgment that she doesn't have any other relations in this country - unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family", a source tells the United Kingdom outlet.

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The Queen is said to have asked Doria, 62, to join them for the family's first Christmas since Harry and Meghan's wedding as a "mark of her respect" for the Duchess.

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A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace has so far declined to comment.

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.

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.

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

Doria joined her daughter at an outdoor reception at Kensington Palace in September to mark the launch of a charity cookbook to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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