Meghan has inherited her mother’s warm smile (Picture: Getty Images)
Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was one of the key figures in her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday (yesterday).
Doria looked stunning in an outfit designed by Oscar de la Renta’s creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia – and was seen looking visibly emotional as her daughter married into the British royal family.
But who is Doria? Here is the lowdown on the woman Meghan calls her ‘best friend’…Doria was born in 1956 in California, and her youthful complexion belies her 61 years, according to METRO report.
She gave birth to daughter Meghan in August 1981 and divorced her father Thomas when she was six. Doria later became a social worker and yoga instructor in California, and still works at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Culver City, California.
Meghan has spoken often of her mother in interviews revealing it is Doria who has inspired her humanitarian spirit.
She told Glamour magazine: ‘My mum’s a yoga instructor, but she does social work, as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community. ‘For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time, my mum has always been a free spirit.
‘She’s got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon. ‘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.’
In May 2016, Meghan proudly posted a photograph with her mum graduating from the University of Southern California and writing her on now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig, Meghan revealed that her mum calls her ‘Flower’ as a nickname. ‘I’m consistently asked how I keep a foot in two contrasting worlds–one in the entertainment industry, predicated on wealth and indulgence, and the other in humanitarian work.
‘To me, it’s less of a question of how can you do this, and more a question of how can you not? “‘I don’t know, Flower. You were just born that way.” This is my mom’s response to the aforementioned question, and indicative of the character traits she knows me to have so well: opinionated, driven, and with a deep desire to affect change. “It’s just who you are,” she says. (And yes, she calls me, ‘Flower.’)
Meghan also spoke of her parents’ relationship. ‘My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African-American. I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques. ‘Whatever it was, they married and had me.
‘They moved into a house in The Valley in LA to a neighborhood that was leafy and affordable. ‘What it was not, however, was diverse. And there was my mom, caramel in complexion with her light-skinned baby in tow, being asked where my mother was since they assumed she was the nanny.’