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Doria Ragland was with her daughter when she gave birth and even met the Queen and Prince Philip when they came to visit baby Archie for the first time.
Doria Ragland followed her daughter into the limelight when Meghan Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry became public, and was recently in Windsor when the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her first baby, Archie.
Meghan's mother, who the Duchess is very close to, was also there when the Queen and Prince Philip visited the royal baby for the first time, appearing in a very iconic picture of the family gathered around the baby.
Like the birth of their baby, Doria also played a big role in Meghan and Harry’s wedding, visiting the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to the ceremony at Windsor Castle in May.
Here’s everything you need to know about Meghan’s mother:
Doria, 62, is the mother of the Duchess of Sussex.
Doria is a yoga instructor and social worker who lives in LA.
Doria welcomed Meghan in 1981 after marrying Thomas Markle in 1979.
Doria and Thomas divorced when Meghan was six.
Following the royal wedding, there was a lot of speculation Doria would move to the UK to remain close to her daughter.
This speculation only grew when Meghan and Harry announced their pregnancy.
While it has never been confirmed if Doria has moved to the UK, she was here when Meghan gave birth and is believed to still be supporting her daughter.
Meghan has always been very adoring towards her mother.
Speaking to Glamour magazine, the Duchess has previously said: "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.”
Meghan added: “She's got dread locks 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."