Ragland and Thomas Markle Sr. met while working on the set of General Hospital in the late ’70s. The couple divorced in 1988 when Meghan Markle was only 6 years old. After that Ragland never remarried or had any other children.
- She’s a social worker living in California.
Ragland worked at a nonprofit mental health clinic in Los Angeles but quit her job before the royal wedding. “It was Doria’s decision to leave,” a source told Us Weekly. “She has talked about starting her own private practice, focusing on working with elderly patients.” The Ohio native has also worked as a yoga instructor.
- She’s a “free spirit.”
We all know Meghan Markle is extremely close to her mom. Ragland even has the sweetest nickname for her: “Flower,” Town & Country reports. The former Suits actress wrote about their close bond back in 2014:
“Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga instructor. Social worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips and lemon tarts. And if the DJ cues Al Green’s soul classic ‘Call Me,’ just forget it. She will swivel her hips into the sweetest little dance you’ve ever seen, swaying her head and snapping her fingers to the beat like she’s been dancing since the womb. And you will smile. You won’t be able to help it. You will look at her and you will feel joy. I’m talking about my mom”.
- Prince Harry adores her.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed in their sit-down interview with BBC that they’d spent a lot of time with Doria Ragland. “Her mother is amazing!” Prince Harry added.
- She was involved in the wedding planning.
Meghan reportedly flew to the US to have a work with her mom in L.A. just weeks before the wedding. Meghan was carrying ” sketches from the wedding and of the wedding dress, so as to give her mom some insight on how the big day will look,” royal contributor Omid Scobie told Good Morning America.
- She met with the entire royal family before the wedding.
Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, flew to London ahead of the royal wedding to help with preparations. She also met her daughter’s new in-laws, Kensington Palace confirmed. Ms Doria Ragland arrived in the UK a week before the wedding, in order to meet Prince Harry’s family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members.
- Meghan picked an important role for her at the wedding.
After Meghan Markle’s dad proclaimed he would no longer attend the wedding, many thought if Doria Ragland would also walk Meghan down the aisle. But Meghan had other ideas. She believed that it would be too much to expect her mother to do such an essential role, that is when Prince Charles came in.”
- Meghan made a surprise visit to see her mom before giving birth.
After making headlines for her trip to New York City for a baby shower in mid-February, The Sun revealed that she made a secret trip to Los Angeles to see Doria. “It’s no secret that Meghan is a mommy’s girl,” shared one neighbour. We can clearly see that the special mother-daughter bond hasn’t disappeared, just wow.