The Royal Tradition Queen Elizabeth II Might Break for Meghan Markle

Meghan and her mum Doria Ragland are said to have a close relationship

GETTY IMAGESMeghan and her mum Doria Ragland are said to have a close relationship

It looks like the Royal Family will be adding a seat to their Christmas table this holiday season.

The Daily Mail reported Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, has been invited to spend Christmas in Sandringham with Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family. But yet again, Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry seem to be shaking things up. Her attendance at this event is notable because while the families of people who marry into the royal fam are welcomed at big events, (like weddings and christenings), they do not have the privilege tag along for royal engagements.

It's also a huge gesture as not even Duchess Kate's family has been invited to the official royal Christmas function.

"Now that they are engaged it was unthinkable that they would be apart for Christmas", a friend of Prince Harry's told The Times past year.

Her relationship with the royals marks a strong contrast to that with Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle. Their Christmas schedule stays pretty much the same year after year - signing cards in the Summer, taking the royal train to Sandringham, black-tie dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve - and this year, there will be a new addition to the royal festivities.

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Royal reporters who have followed Meghan's two-year journey from Harry's girlfriend to fully minted royal member say the Queen was immediately taken with her and believes she is a wonderful match for Harry.

In previous years the Middletons in fact have managed to join the Royals for church in the morning, but they were always based at Kate and William's Anmer Hall home rather than on the royal estate, and certainly wouldn't be given any turkey by her maj.

The Queen's invitation would show respect and also acknowledge that Meghan, unlike Kate, has no other family in Britain, the source said.

Something tells us the Duchess of Sussex won't get dinged for this slight departure from tradition, though.

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