A royal expert has claimed that the Queen made a “particular effort” to bond with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in order to make her feel welcome in the family.

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The 93-year-old monarch is said to have built the strong friendship with the former Suits actress in an attempt to stop her from feeling like an outsider in the same way the late Princess Diana did.

According to royal commentator Duncan Larcombe, it is an effort that “wasn’t afforded” to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, as her entrance into the royal family was more gradual.

The royal pro told Fabulous, “Meghan seems to have forged a particularly close relationship with the Queen if you compare that to when other people have married into the royal family.”

Referring to the Queen and Meghan’s joint engagement to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire last June, he continued, “The Queen, last year in the first few months of Meghan’s entry into the royal family, made a particular and slightly unusual effort to welcome her in.

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“Unusual in the context of the trip on the royal train to do a royal engagement. I’m 99 per cent sure she’s never afforded that offer to Kate.”

Duncan went on to explain that this could be down to “lessons of the past” where Princess Diana “pretty much felt like an outsider in the royal family”.

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Her Majesty and as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are said to be particularly fond of Meghan, with HRH having reportedly invited her to celebrate her 38th birthday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the weekend.

Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, recently welcomed their first son, Archie, into the world.

This would’ve been Meghan and Archie’s first visit to the lavish Scottish castle, and the invite from the monarch was said to be a “great honour”.