Queen invites Meghan Markle's mother to spend Christmas with the royal family

Queen invites Meghan Markle's mother to spend Christmas with the royal family

It looks like the Royal Family will be adding a seat to their Christmas table this holiday season. "It's a mark of the Queen's respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn't have any other relations in this country - unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family", said a senior royal source, who called the move a "a very thoughtful gesture". These are 10 holiday traditions the royal family does every year.

"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.

The 62-year-old was the only relative of Meghan's to attend her grand wedding to Prince Harry in May at Windsor Castle.

Following weeks of drama surrounding Meghan's father Thomas Markle and her extended and estranged family members in the US, Doria was praised for her composed and graceful appearance at the royal wedding.

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

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.

Royal.uk.com even states about Queen Elizabeth's role in government, that, she is to "remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters" and is 'unable to vote or stand for election'.

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