Queen 'invites Meghan Markle's mum Doria to spend Christmas with Royal Family in offer never extended to Kate Middleton's relatives'

Doria Ragland has reportedly been asked to Her Majesty at Sandringham, her country estate, joining her daughter and Prince Harry.

A senior royal source said the move was a "very thoughtful gesture" – and one unique among the Royals' in-laws.

Kate Middleton's family has previously been invited to the Christmas morning church service, but have preferred to celebrate the day at the Cambridges' home in Anmer Hall.

Speaking to the Daily Express, the source said: “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.”

Doria Ragland's calm, warm demeanour appear to have impressed the Palace, after she was seen chatting away to her in-laws at the wedding.

She is known to be very close to Meghan, 37, and is said to even be planning a return to London to help with her new grandchild in the New Year.

The 62-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, has been described by the Duchess of Sussex as a "free-spirited clinical therapist" who often took her travelling to remote places when she was younger.

Doria said she was thrilled at the Meghan's pregnancy, saying she was "very happy about this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild."

Her relationship with the Royal Family marks a strong contrast how Meghan's dad, Thomas Markle, has been portrayed.

The 74-year-old former lightning director has courted controversy over multiple interviews he has given over Meghan and the Royal Family.

He was due to attend the Royal Wedding, but pulled out after revealing he had suffered a heart problem.

In July he told The Sun On Sunday how he believed his daughter was masking the pressure of being part of the Royal Family.

He also expressed a fear he could die soon and that it was the longest he and Meghan had gone without speaking.

Buckingham Palace told The Sun Online they were unable to comment on private matters concerning the Royal Family.

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