Elizabeth II invited mom Meghan Markle to celebrate Christmas together

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At the time, the former Suits star had just become engaged to Prince Harry, and wouldn't tie the knot for another five months.

The invitation would would break with royal precedent.

The Queen's invitation would show respect and also acknowledge that Meghan, unlike Kate, has no other family in Britain, the source said. "Normally, the protocol is pretty strict".

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

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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".

Despite being married to one of the most famously British men out there, Meghan herself is now in the process of applying for British citizenship and, as an L.A. girl, she is technically still permitted to vote in her home country, the U.S. However, her new royal status blurs the lines of duty somewhat. This is a nice Christmas gift before the time!

This year, as a married woman, Meghan will automatically be taking part in the holiday activities at Sandringham. The 37-year-old mum-to-be also posted a lengthy article in 2016 about voting, which was uploaded on her now closed-down blog, The Tig. 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. However, they have previously attended Christmas day church services with the Queen and the rest of the family. The Middletons have spent Christmas with the royal family but resided in the neighboring country house Anmer Hall instead.

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