Christmas for the royal family is a very exclusive and traditional affair where guests only attend if they receive an invite from the Queen herself.
And while typically these invitations are reserved only for members of the royal family, it seems this year the Queen is willing to make an exception by extending an offer to Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland.
The invitation for Doria to spend Christmas at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk, is said to be so that Her Majesty can ensure ‘family harmony’ over the holiday period.
“She (the Queen) simply will not allow Meghan to feel unwelcome,” a courtier told the Daily Mail.
“Even at her great age, she is putting a lot of effort in to ensure there is family harmony.”
In the past, only spouses and fiancés have been invited to Sandringham for Christmas – never before has the Queen invited in-laws to attend, including Kate Middleton’s family.
Doria was the only member of Meghan’s family to attend her wedding and support her transition into the royal family, and now the birth of her first child with Prince Harry.
However, while the invitation to join the royals at Christmas would come as a touching gesture, there is still speculation as to whether Doria will actually attend or not.
Speaking to Yahoo UK’s The Royal Box , royal correspondent Victoria Murphy explained, “My understanding is that she’s not going.”
“I don’t think that’s because they weren’t able to or anything like that, I just think it’s not usual for in-laws to go.
“I know it was suggested that she was going to go, but that was never confirmed,” she added.