Meghan’s Christ­mas with the Queen

It’s cha­rades and party hats at San­dring­ham this year

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Christ­mas Day round your in-laws is fraught enough, but imag­ine if your in-laws also hap­pen to be the ac­tual royal fam­ily. That’s the ex­cite­ment/hor­ror fac­ing Meghan Markle this De­cem­ber, as she’s re­ceived an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion to spend the fes­tive sea­son with her boyfriend Prince Harry at San­dring­ham.

“Of course she said yes – she’s thrilled to be in­cluded,” says an in­sider close to the Suits ac­tress, who has been dat­ing Harry, 33, for over a year, with an en­gage­ment said to be im­mi­nent. “But that doesn’t mean she’s not in­tim­i­dated by the idea of spend­ing Christ­mas with the whole royal fam­ily – in­clud­ing the Queen. Meghan’s also wor­ried about her mum, Do­ria. They’re very close and al­ways spend Christ­mas Day to­gether, but the San­dring­ham es­tate is in Nor­folk, which is thou­sands of miles from Do­ria’s home in LA.”

Luck­ily for Meghan, 36, she has a new ally in the form of fel­low royal sig­nif­i­cant other, Kate Mid­dle­ton, 35. “Kate’s of­fered to put Do­ria up in a guest bed­room at An­mer Hall – the house she and Wil­liam live in at San­dring­ham,” says the source. “It’s where the en­tire Mid­dle­ton fam­ily will be stay­ing this year, and Do­ria can join them.”

It’s thought the Mid­dle­tons and Meghan’s mum will have Christ­mas Day at An­mer Hall, while Meghan, Harry, Kate, Wills and the kids will join the rest of the roy­als at the Queen’s, then they’ll all get to­gether for the tra­di­tional Box­ing Day hunt.

Our source adds, “Kate was a bag of nerves the first time she did Christ­mas with the roy­als, so she knows ex­actly how daunt­ing it must be for Meghan.”

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