Queen breaks tradition, invites Doria Ragland to Christmas with royals

Queen breaks tradition, invites Doria Ragland to Christmas with royals

Christmas is a time for tradition in most families-and even more so for a the royal family, who's known for being steeped in tradition every time of year.

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Rumor has it that Queen Elizabeth II invited Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, to spend Christmas with the royal family this year. 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. Interestingly, this Elizabeth never offered to parents of their other daughter-in-law Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge's parents did not stay with family for the holidays.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living royal life their own way - and they plan to continue doing so with their kids.

And she also told the couple she wanted to spend the holidays with them too.

Traditionally, the royal festive fun is held at Sandringham, one of the Queen's official residences.

As a senior member of the Royal Family, she would typically be expected to follow in the Queen's footsteps and not cast a ballot in order to remain "strictly neutral with respect to political matters". Kate Middleton, by contrast, spent Christmas with her own family the year she was engaged to Prince William.

"It's a mark of the Queen's respect for Meghan and an acknowledgment that she doesn't have any other relations in this country - unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family", a source tells the United Kingdom outlet.

Just months on from Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry, Doria Ragland has reportedly been asked to Sandringham, Her Majesty's country estate in Norfolk.