Queen Elizabeth invites Meghan Markle's mom to United Kingdom for Christmas

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When it comes to Meghan Markle, everyone naturally focuses on her relationship with 1) Prince Harry or 2) Kate Middleton.

An invitation for Doria would break with royal precedent as even the Middleton family has not been invited to stay at the Norfolk estate.

Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, memorably broke protocol previous year by inviting Meghan as the first fiancée to attend Christmas with the royal family before her wedding to Harry in May.

The Queen is said to have asked Doria, 62, to join them for the family's first Christmas since Harry and Meghan's wedding as a "mark of her respect" for the Duchess. The Queen usually spends Christmas and New Year's at her Sandringham estate, with members of her family often joining her.

She attended the royal wedding alone after Thomas was forced to pull out due to health issues, and has since been welcomed into the royal family's inner circle by Prince Charles, who walked his future daughter-in-law up the aisle. Kate and William have alternated holidays, spending Christmas at Sandringham and at her family's home in Bucklebury.

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A source tells ET that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is expected to spend some of the holiday with her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law.

The source is reported to have said that the Queen's invitation showed respect and acknowledged that Meghan would be spending Christmas away from family in Britain.

The royal family reportedly exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, though extravagant presents aren't in the cards here.

Meghan will attend not one but two church services on Christmas Day.

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