Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Queen Elizabeth invites Meghan Markle's mom to United Kingdom for Christmas

Queen Elizabeth invites Meghan Markle's mom to United Kingdom for Christmas

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.

According to both the Express and the Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth II has invited Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, to join the Royal Family's Christmas festivities at Sandringham.

The move is somewhat unprecedented, as a member outside of the Royal family has not been invited to stay at the Norfolk estate during the Christmas period before. Typically, those invitations are extended after marrying into the royal family.

When the 92-year-old Monarch heard about it she told Doria she could come to Sandringham.


It's a major coup for the Los Angeles-based social worker, as even the Middletons have not been asked to spend Christmas with the royals.

She reportedly said she was "head over heels" with pride as Meghan helped prepare lunch for guests. The Queen had broken protocol for Markle before by inviting her to Sandringham activities when she was engaged to Prince Harry. "She has been to Meghan and Harry's home in the Cotswolds several times and she has stayed with them at Nottingham Cottage".

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.

Also on Christmas Eve, William and Harry are usually on hand to play a charity soccer match on the estate, which is followed by dinner.

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