Daily Mail: Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland Was Alleged Silent Influence behind Couple's Royal Exit
Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle's mother, played a crucial but silent role in her daughter and Prince Harry's "Megxit," a source revealed.
It's been weeks since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's step-down announcement, and it seems the dust is finally settling. The couple is settling into life in Canada with their son, Archie.
While they are at it, "The Daily Mail," via an insider, is shedding new light on how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their earth-shattering decision. It involves a silent influence and force, called Doria Ragland.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE RAGLAND
The insider told the news outlet that the 63-year-old woman has the heart and ears of her daughter and son-in-law. The source noted:
"She's laid back, and people see her nose ring and dreadlocks which are cool but make no mistake, she has a core of steel. Underestimate her at your peril."
Ragland is renowned for being a rock and someone who keeps secrets. The latter is essential in her relationship with Markle and Prince Harry, who loves to protect their privacy.
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SHE NEITHER COMPLAINS NOR EXPLAINS
The Duchess' mother also values her privacy. Since her daughter joined the Royal family, the yoga instructor has only gotten photographed a handful of times.
Aside from their love for privacy, Ragland, and Harry both suffered a tragic loss at a young age.
Ragland's no-nonsense character also got her a comparison with the Queen. She got described as someone who never complains or explains, a trait that endears her to Markle and Harry.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
SHE'S ALL WARMTH UNDERNEATH
However, underneath the tough exterior is a woman with a lot of warmth. The mom-of-one is a brilliant cook, with a lot of love for her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, Archie.
All these made her the perfect person for the Duke and Duchess to turn to in their quest to live a more "Normal" life. The Los Angeles resident has also shown her unwavering support for the couple.
🎉 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Doria Ragland are today celebrating the launch of ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen #CookTogether pic.twitter.com/MRGFjNJxM6— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 20, 2018
UNITED IN THEIR LOVE
Ragland is the only family Markle acknowledges, and she was the only one from the former actress's family to attend her wedding in May 2018. She became famous for sitting on a pew by herself.
Since then, things have changed as the fitness coach acquired two more family members. Interestingly, she shares a lot of similarities with her son-in-law.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Aside from their love for privacy, Ragland, and Harry both suffered a tragic loss at a young age. They both lost their mothers and bonded over the sense of loss they felt.
The two are also united in their love for Markle and their need to protect her. With the Duke and Duchess now residing in North America, they will rely on Ragland more and spend more time with her.