The Queen's 'grandmotherly love' toward granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle is a "PR exercise", according to a new documentary on the royals.
It is thought the pair have got on well since being introduced with the monarch regularly pictured with a smile on her face in the Duchess of Sussex's company.
The pair enjoyed their first solo trip together just two months after Meghan became a royal with a visit to Chester in July last year.
The Queen's former aide, Dickie Arbiter, said: "The day itself was brilliant – the Queen and Meghan obviously have a tremendous rapport.
"I have never seen the Queen look so happy and delighted. She was smiling and laughing a lot."
But royal author Katie Nicholl claims it is all part of 'sending a message'.
She said: "The Royal Family have come unstuck in the past because they have isolated Diana.
"They didn't include her – they don't go out of their way to make her feel welcome.
"Is this why they are making such an effort with Meghan?
"I am sure the Queen, by bringing her in under her wing, supporting her, going out with her on a very public away-day, it sends out a great message."
Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe added: "The Queen, in particular, has learnt from the lessons of the past.
"They know how badly affected Princess Diana was in the early years of her marriage, feeling that she joined this alien world that she couldn’t cope with."
At Christmas, it was reported that the Queen had invited Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, to join the family at Sandringham.
Ms Ragland was the only member of Meghan's family to attend the wedding last year after Thomas Markle fell ill following revelations he had posed for tabloid photographs.
Meghan's relationship with her father, and that side of her family, has been on the rocks ever since.
It's also been reported that Meghan's nickname for her grandmother-in-law is "Mama" – which also indicates a close bond between the two.
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