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Us Weekly: Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland's Help with Newborn Lilibet Is a 'Major Bonus'

Jené Liebenberg
Jun 11, 2021
07:00 A.M.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have roped in the help of grandmother Doria Ragland since the birth of their second child, Lilibet, earlier this June.


The arrival of Lilibet isn't the Duke of Duchess's first run with a newborn. Hence they know the importance of external help as they navigate the first few months with their second child.

Between the two children, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have their hands full and need all the help they can get. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, has jumped in to help the parents with Lili and two-year-old Archie.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react after their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 | Getty Images



An insider revealed that the Sussex children's maternal grandmother has stepped up to the plate, lending a helping hand to Markle and Prince Harry during this adjustment period with baby Lili. The insider said:

"The most special thing she’s provided is her time. She’s been helping out at the house and her hands-on support is a major bonus.”

This isn't the first time that Ragland has come to her daughter's aid; she traveled to England to help Markle transition into motherhood when Archie arrived in 2019.

Doria Ragland arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 | Getty Images



Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have settled in Montecito, California, it is much easier for Ragland to come by and help out around the house because she lives in the same area.

Being an important part of the Duchess of Sussex's life came with its own set of burdens for Ragland.

The insider also shared that both Markle and Prince Harry enjoy having the doting grandmother around and are immensely grateful to have the extra pair of hands to help carry the responsibility of caring for their children.

Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland attend UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing at Manhattan Centre at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 10, 2015 | getty Images



Prince Harry and Markle explicitly honored the British side of their family when naming their daughter Lilibet Diana as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, but the name also includes a special nod to Ragland.

Although the tribute to Ragland may be subtle, it remains special. The couple shared that they plan to call their daughter Lili, which points toward the moniker Ragland gave Markle, 'Flower.' The mother and daughter are very close as a friend shared:

"[Markle] definitely gets a lot of her strength from her mother."


Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 | Getty Images


Being an important part of the Duchess of Sussex's life came with its own set of burdens for Ragland, who also struggled with an increased focus from the media when Markle started dating Prince Harry.


The new biography about the royal couple covers Ragland's struggle with the press, sharing that she found an unlikely friend in the midst of it. Ragland and Oprah Winfrey found each other amid the media frenzy.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Doria Ragland listen to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 | Getty Images

Oprah could truly sympathize with Ragland about the challenges of life in the public eye, and the two found common ground, which allowed them to build a friendship.

Attending the same church, Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles and Oprah reached out to Markle's mother to offer some support and advice as she faced the determined media.