The Queen extends rare invite to Meghan Markle's mother

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According to new research, Meghan's influence still trails that of her sister-in-law Kate-with the 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge being named the royal family's most powerful fashion influencer.

Many royal watchers were quick to point out that this was the Queen's way of showing her approval for her grandson Prince Harry's fiancee.

In previous years the Middletons in fact have managed to join the Royals for church in the morning, but they were always based at Kate and William's Anmer Hall home rather than on the royal estate, and certainly wouldn't be given any turkey by her maj.

"Firstly, it's important to stress that this is a completely new departure from Christmas with reference to the royal family", said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. So although it may not have been so revealing when Meghan got dressed, under the bright light of the sun and with the press' camera flashes, it gave away more than she intended. This is a nice Christmas gift before the time!

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Since marrying Prince Harry in May, Meghan Markle's life has drastically changed now that she is the Duchess of Sussex - including her say in all things political.

This is a big move for the Queen, who has never even extended this invite to the Middleton family. However, they have previously attended Christmas day church services with the Queen and the rest of the family.

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.

When the former Suits actress first became a part of the British monarchy with a fairytale ceremony on May 19, Markle's mom Doria was the only member of her family in attendance to watch her walk down the aisle and exchange her "I dos" with Prince Harry.