AceShowbiz - %cMeghan Markle% is bonding with the royal family. The "Suits" alum and his royal fiance Prince Harry are expected to stay at Prince William and Kate Middleton's country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, over the holidays.
It is to make it more convenience for the engaged couple as they are slated to celebrate Christmas at Queen Elizabeth II's country estate in Sandringham, which is close to Anmer Hall.
In addition, it will allow Meghan to have a major quality time with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Rumor has it, the former actress is eager to see the 4-year-old and the 2-year-old opening their stockings on Christmas morning.
Meghan continues preparing herself as a new member of royal family ahead of her royal wedding to Harry on May 19. The pair will attend the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palance on Wednesday, December 20. The Queen throws the event to spend time with relatives who aren't invited to the more exclusive celebration at her Norfolk estate.
It was previously reported that Meghan would officially be joining the royal family for the Christmas bash. "You can expect to see the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day," a Kensington Palace spokesman said.
For the past few weeks, Meghan was seen getting closer to her fiance's family. She joined her fiance for a pre-Christmas staff party at Windsor Castle, where the two's nuptials will be held. A source notes that "many of the staff members who got a chance to meet her" are delighted.
By inviting Meghan to the festivity, it shows that the royal family is breaking in tradition. "Firstly, it's important to stress that this is a completely new departure from Christmas with reference to the royal family. Normally, the protocol is pretty strict. In the past, when Kate Middleton was engaged to William and also when Mike Tindall was engaged to Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Phillips, they didn't, as [an] unmarried [couple], spend Christmas with the Queen," says royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams to Entertainment Tonight.
"Obviously Meghan's parents are in the United States, but the main reason [Markle is invited] is clearly that it's what Harry wished," he continued. "But I wouldn't be at all surprised if it wasn't the queen's idea, simply because, it's so important to make a new member and a future senior member of the royal family feel welcome, feel at home, and Christmas is the perfect time to do it," he adds.