A source recently disclosed to Closer Weekly that baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor undoubtedly loves his 62-year-old maternal grandmother, Doria Ragland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, into the world on May 6, 2019, at the Portland Hospital in London.
An insider recently told Closer Weekly that the great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and his grandmother, Doria Ragland, have quite the "unique, unbreakable bond."
Doria Ragland and Meghan Markle heading to the latter's wedding ceremony in April 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
The source explained that Ragland, Meghan Markle's mother, is amazingly good with baby Archie and uncritically fond of him. As for the 17-month-old royal tot, the source said:
"He absolutely adores his grandmother."
Baby Archie now has the opportunity to spend more time with his beloved grandma after his parents relocated to California with him in tow. The big move followed the couple's much-talked-about decision to step back as senior members of the royal family earlier this year.
Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images
Now that they are residing in Santa Barbara, the family is just a short drive away from Ragland, who also lives in Califonia. The mother of the Duchess of Sussex received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California in 2011.
The source said that Ragland is thrilled that her grandson will have the option to grow up having the opportunity to settle on his own choices in life. She said that this would not have been possible if Meghan and Harry had remained in the royal family.
The doting mother of the Duchess of Sussex wanted her daughter to be comfortable in life.
Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England | Photo: Getty Images
The source went on to say that Ragland aims to spend more time with baby Archie and become more acquainted with him when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Back in July, a source revealed to US Weekly that Ragland usually gets up in the morning and reads to baby Archie when the family was still living in Los Angeles.
Prince Harry and Doria Ragland at Meghan Markle's book release event in November 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
That was the longest time the former yoga instructor has spent with her grandson since Markle gave birth to him, the source said. Ragland is said to be completely supportive of her daughter's choice to move away from senior royal life alongside Harry.
She was reportedly stressed that Markle had to struggle with too much media attention at a time when she was adjusting as a first-time mother. The doting mother wanted her daughter to be comfortable in life.
Meanwhile, both Ragland and her daughter practice yoga. Markle was introduced to yoga when she was just seven. In April 2018, Ragland was spotted leaving Oprah’s home where they did yoga. A month later, Oprah attended Markle and Harry’s wedding.
Ragland melted hearts as she became emotional watching Markle exchange vows with Harry. However, besides watching her daughter get married, Ragland’s other favorite part of the wedding was meeting Her Majesty.