While some of Meghan’s more outspoken family members continue to stir up drama, there’s one person she’s relying on.
She is relying up on her beloved mother, Doria Ragland, in the lead-up to the birth of her first child. And we truly believe that she’s going to be the best grandma.
In of her interview with Glamour in the year 2017, Meghan Markle once said of her mother: “We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would, in a best friend”.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Duchess of Sussex’s number one cheerleader.
- Her name is Doria Ragland, not Radlan.
Despite various articles and Google search results using the latter, both Kensington Palace and Meghan Markle herself spell it “Ragland”. However, it’s still unclear where the misspelling initially appeared.
- She’s a social worker living in California.
Ms. Ragland recently worked at a nonprofit mental health clinic in Los Angeles. But, she quit her job before the royal wedding. A source told Us Weekly:-
“It was Doria’s decision to leave. She has talked about starting her own private practice. She basically wanted to focus on working with elderly patients. And so, she thought of starting it all herself”.
The 62-year-old received her license, “a lifelong dream”, in 2015 after Markle helped fund her master’s at the University of Southern California, according to Us Weekly. The Ohio native has also worked as a yoga instructor for many years.
- TV brought her and Meghan’s dad together.
Ragland and Thomas Markle met while working on the set of General Hospital in the late 70’s. The Duchess of Sussex, once wrote in an essay for Elle:-
“My dad was a lighting director for a soap opera. And my mother was a temp at the studio. I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and their shared love of antiques. Whatever it was, they married and had me”.
- They split when Meghan was 6 years old.
After the couple divorced in 1988, their only child lived primarily with her mother. Ragland never remarried or had any other children. However, Thomas Markle already had two kids from a previous marriage, Samantha Grant and Thomas Markle Jr.
- She’s a “free spirit”.
Meghan remains extremely close with her beloved mother, as evidenced by posts on her former lifestyle website ‘The Tig’. Doria even has the sweetest nickname for her: “Flower”, Town & Country reports.
- Prince Harry adores her.
The couple revealed in their sit-down interview with BBC that they’d spent a lot of time with Doria in the lead-up to their engagement. Prince Harry said in the interview: “Her mum’s pretty amazing”.
One of those meetings occurred in the fall of 2017 at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Meghan and her mother attended the closing ceremony and the royal also reportedly used the opportunity to ask permission to propose.
- She was involved in the wedding planning.
The soon-to-be mother, reportedly flew halfway around the world to talk deets with her mum in L.A. It was just weeks before the wedding. “She came equipped with sketches from the wedding and of the itself.
That’s so she could really give Doria some insight on how the big day will look”, royal contributor Omid Scobie told Good Morning America.
- Meghan picked an important role for her at the wedding.
Doria Ragland travelled with Meghan by car to Windsor Castle on her big day. But after the Duchess’ father announced he would no longer attend the royal wedding, many speculated whether she would also walk her down the aisle.
“Doria and Meghan discussed it. But, she just didn’t feel she could go through with it”, royal journalist Duncan Larcombe told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “According to the guidance I’ve been given, Meghan felt that it would be too much to expect Doria to perform such an important role when so many people are expected to be watching”.