With rumors recently swirling that Meghan Markle and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton aren’t the best of friends, insiders are now reportedly urging the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex to use her husband’s aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex as a royal family role model. A source explained to the UK’s The Sunday Times that Sophie, 53, also had a difficult time adjusting to royal life and heavily turned to Queen Elizabeth for guidance.

“Her Majesty has seen it all and could offer the Duchess some helpful advice at the moment,” the insider shared. “Meghan would do well to nurture that relationship and pop over for the occasional cup of tea with the Queen. That is what Sophie Wessex has quietly done so well.”

“She will go over [to the Queen’s home] for a chat, or take the children to watch some TV with her. She has built up that relationship, now they are incredibly close and discuss everything. Meghan doesn’t need an invitation — this is a family, after all,” the source added.

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Ever since Meghan married the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry back in May, the Duchess has reportedly become very close with the monarch, 92 — so much so that Queen Elizabeth has allegedly extended an invite for Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, to spend Christmas with the royal family this year. “[Queen Elizabeth] is very aware of all the problems Meghan has with her dad and sister, and she feels sorry for her that she doesn’t have family and a support network close by,” a source revealed to Heat World

As the royal family (and the world) looks to the future when Harry and pregnant Meghan welcome their first child next year, the Queen also reportedly “can’t wait” to become a great-grandmother to Baby Sussex. “Queen Elizabeth can’t wait. She has already splashed out on adorable baby clothes and toys and is keeping a close eye on Meghan, who she’s developed a special bond with,” an insider told Life & Style. So sweet!

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