Actor and soon-to-be bride Meghan Markle will join the Christmas feast with the royal family. The American actress is engaged to Britain’s prince Harry. She will thus become the first royal fiance to spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth II.

The whole world is gushing over the news of Prince Harry’s engagement with his girlfriend Meghan Markle. The couple is scheduled to get married in May 2018. They will join other members of the royal family at the traditional Christmas festivities, ‘The Sunday Times’ reports.

It was on Harry’s request that the Queen will include the 36-year-old bride-to-be to the royal family’s traditional festivities, even for the opening of presents on Christmas Eve, ‘The Sunday Times’ reports.

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The 33-year-old Harry is fifth in line to the throne. The couple had announced their marriage plans earlier this week. They are going to take vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May next year. The exact date will be confirmed soon.

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Markle relocated to London last month from Toronto. She has been in Canada for the past seven years shooting for her long-running television legal drama ‘Suits’.

The Queen’s Christmas invitation to Markle came as a shocker. If we jog our memory a bit, Kate Middleton was not invited to spend Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, East Anglia, after her engagement with Prince William in November 2010. She spent her Christmas that year at her parents’ place in Berkshire

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According to the newspaper, the Christmas invitation signals that the American actor is now ready to be welcomed into the royal family after her 16-month romance with the prince.

A friend of Harry’s told the newspaper: “Now they are engaged it was unthinkable that they would be apart for Christmas. The royal family have fully welcomed Meghan into the fold.”

The couple will join the Queen from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. They will then leave for their holiday abroad for the New Year.

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