Meghan Markle must be feeling like royalty already.

Not only is she engaged to the world's most (former) eligible bachelor, living on the grounds of Kensington Palace and being swarmed by paparazzi, she's also getting a very special gift from the Queen this Christmas.

Queen Elizabeth will be breaking an important royal tradition for Prince Harry's new fiancee, and have Markle spend Christmas with the Royal Family this year. Kensington Palace confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday, December 13, saying: “You can expect to see The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day."

So why is this so special? In 2010, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge was not invited to join Prince William and the family for Christmas despite announcing their engagement the month before.

The same year, former-England rugby player, Mike Tindall was engaged to Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, but was also not invited to join the family.

But because Markle, who has retired from acting since getting engaged, has no family in the UK, she will be allowed to join the Royal Family for the special occasion. She will also likely join the congregation for their annual morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Meghan Markle is officially living a real-life (and much, much better) version of A Christmas Prince.

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