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

According to The DailyMail, Doria Ragland will reportedly join Meghan Markle for Christmas, which would break with the royal precedent established by fellow Duchess Kate Middleton's in-laws.

The source also says Harry is "enormously fond of his mother-in-law", and she's been spending time at the couple's home, including two extended vacations this summer. "Normally, the protocol is pretty strict".

On the other hand, Fitzwilliams argued that Meghan was included in the festivities because her family isn't around to celebrate with her.

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. However, they stayed not in the Royal Palace, and Anmer hall - located near the Norfolk residence of Kate and William.

This year, as a married woman, Meghan will automatically be taking part in the holiday activities at Sandringham. 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.

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US-born Meghan moved to the United Kingdom ahead of her royal wedding in May this year, but the Duchess - who is completing the long process of becoming a British citizen - can still vote in America.

Meghan will attend not one but two church services on Christmas Day.

A source tells ET that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is expected to spend some of the holiday with her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law.

Even Kate Middleton's family members, who reportedly have strong relationships with the royals behind-the-scenes, aren't allowed to show up to watch Kate give speeches.

  • Michelle Webb