The Queen Has Invited One Of Meghan's Family To Christmas

There's an extra place sitting at the table at Sandringham this year for one lucky Markle.

And no, before you start thinking how awkward chatter's going to be around the table,  it's not Samantha Markle. Or indeed her father Thomas.

It's Meghan's mum Doria Ragland who has actually scored the invite.

Not that it should come as a surprise really, given how well Doria seems to get on with the other royals -- if you remember she was a hit with Charles at the wedding of Meghan to Prince Harry, and she also went along when Meghan launched her first charity initiative, the cookbook for the victims of the Grenfell Disaster.

A source close to the family says in fact that the invitation is a "mark of [the Queen's] respect" for Meghan, and an acknowledgement that she doesn't have any family in England at a time when a gal just maybe needs her mum -- a) at Christmas and b) while pregnant.

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It's a big step for the Queen and other royals, after all, Kate's mum and dad, the Middletons, have previously attended Christmas church services with the royal family, but have never actually stayed with them for the holidays.

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.

But this year, according to reports, Doria has been invited to stay at Sandringham House for the duration of the royals' holiday festivities.

So Doria, if you're reading this and want to give us an insight into how the royals party at Christmas, what we want to know is, do they wear the paper crowns out of the bonbons or do they consider that overkill?

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