The Queen extends rare invite to Meghan Markle's mother

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As the holiday season approaches and we nail down our travel plans, so too are members of the British royal family.

MEGHAN Markle's mum could be spending Christmas Day with the royal family after claims the Queen extended the invite to her new in-law.

This year's Christmas celebration at Sandringham is expected to be particularly joyful for the royal family, which has celebrated a royal baby, royal baby announcement, royal wedding and Prince Charles's 70th birthday all within the last 12 months. Holiday festivities are an event that few outside the royals' inner circle have the privilege of participating in.

Kate Middleton's family has joined the royals at church on Christmas morning previously but have stayed at nearby Anmer Hall rather than Sandringham itself.

Just days ago, Meghan Markle delivered a powerful speech about women's suffrage, and many are speculating whether the United States citizen practiced what she preached on Election Day Tuesday.

The source added: "Queen Elizabeth is very aware of all the problems Meghan has had with her dad and sister and she feels sorry for her that she doesn't have family and a support network close by".

"Now that they are engaged it was unthinkable that they would be apart for Christmas", a friend of Prince Harry's told The Times a year ago. Then, all summer long, the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex was embroiled in a very public feud with her estranged father, Thomas Markle, and her step-sister Samantha who seemed to take interview after interview to publicly disparage the actress with name-calling and rude comments.

Doria, 62, the only member of Meghan's family to attend her wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle in May, has reportedly been asked along as a "mark of respect".

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