Meghan Markle has been warmly welcomed into the royal family since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry.
The royal fiancée has reportedly received huge support from members of Harry’s family – including the Duchess of Cambridge in particular.
But it seems the Queen is also keen to personally welcome the former actress into the fold, as Her Majesty’s latest move signals.
According to the ABC News, Meghan spent Mother’s Day enjoying an ‘intimate lunch’ with the monarch at Windsor Castle.
American-born Meghan did not celebrate the special day with her own mother, as the US mark Mother’s Day on a different date to the UK. This year it will occur on 13 May – less than a week before Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
The lunch comes as it’s said that the Queen is purposely setting aside time to spend time with her future granddaughter-in-law – presumably as a way to make Meghan feel welcome before joining the family officially.
Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have not commented on the lunch, but it’s understood that both the Queen and Meghan were in Windsor on Sunday.
Meghan has previously spoken of her huge respect for the Queen, and about the time they’ve spent together.
During her engagement interview with Harry, she said, “It’s incredible to meet her through his lens, not just for his respect for her as the monarch but his love for her as his grandmother.”
She also revealed that they have enjoyed many teas together as they get to know one another.
Meghan admitted, “I of course had incredibly respect for getting to have that time with her. She’s an incredible woman.”
Just last week, Meghan undertook a big step in her journey to royalty, as the 36-year-old was baptised at the Chapel Royal.
It’s a ceremony that Meghan was not required to undertake before marrying Harry, but is reported to have done so out of respect for the Queen and her role as the head of the Church.
And at Christmas, Meghan’s gift for Harry’s grandmother is said to have gone down a storm.
She reportedly bought the Queen a toy hamster as part of the families tradition for ‘joke’ gifts, which left the monarch “laughing out loud”.
It sounds like the pair are getting on like a house on fire!