Although Kate Middleton has a friendly relationship with Queen Elizabeth, the monarch reportedly made an “unusual effort” to make Meghan Markle feel welcomed when she joined the royal family.

Elizabeth’s attempt to build a special bond with Meghan comes after her strained relationship with her late daughter-in-law, Princess Diana. Following her wedding to Prince Charles, Diana was forced to learn what was expected of her rather than receiving guidance from a mentor.

During a chat with Fabulous Digital, royal commentator, Duncan Larcombe claimed Princess Diana’s feelings of isolation, and her tragic death influenced Queen Elizabeth’s decision to build a special bond with Meghan.

“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,” he explained.

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

Larcombe claimed that Elizabeth would strategically plan to be photographed with Meghan to “signal the fact that she was welcoming her into the royal family.”

Due to Meghan and Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance, the royal expert suspected the Queen felt obligated to ease the couple’s transition.

“Possibly because Meghan very much burst onto the scene in a way Kate obviously didn’t. Everyone got to know Kate and the family long before they got engaged,” he stated.

“Also, possibly because of the lessons of the past where Princess Diana pretty much felt like an outsider in the royal family,” Larcombe added.

Although Princess Diana’s days in the royal family were riddled with scandal and heartbreak, it appears Queen Elizabeth is attempting to protect Meghan from going throw a similar experience.

Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle and the Queen are pictured during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018, in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Getty Images/Jeff J Mitchell