Here’s Doria Ragland’s Nickname for Meghan Markle (and a Buncha Other Fun Facts You Didn’t Know)

Mehera Bonner
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From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, keeps a pretty low profile, considering her daughter is one of the most famous people in the world. But based on everything the internet knows about her, which is kind of a lot due to the internet being nosy, she is quite literally the best. Doria is a hugely important figure in Meghan’s life—especially now that the duchess is living back in her home state of California with Prince Harry and their son, Archie. Sooo let’s get to know Doria, shall we? Just gonna hit you with a bunch of straight facts:

Doria Lives With Meghan and Harry

Or at least she did as of July 2020, when an Us Weekly source reported that “Doria Ragland continues to live with Meghan, Harry, and Archie” and that “this has been the most time she has spent with her grandson since he was born.”

Having Doria around all the time to chill with Archie is obviously a huge help to Meghan and Harry. Not only does she “get up in the morning and read to him,” but she also helps make her grandson “all-organic” food. Aww.

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She’s Supported Meghan Both Privately and Publicly

During Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah, Meghan talked about her rocky relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, and her half-sister, Samantha Markle. While discussing the betrayal she feels over Thomas’s contact with the British press, she pointed to Doria as an example of true support for shunning tabloids asking her for interviews.

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Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images

“You’ve never heard her say a word [to the press]. She remained in silent dignity for four years watching me go through this,” Meghan said.

Doria Went With Meghan to Introduce Archie to the Queen

Doria traveled with Meghan and Harry to Windsor Castle when they first introduced their son to the Queen and Prince Philip, and she even appeared in official royal portraits.

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Meghan and Doria Are Basically Twins

The duchess’s makeup artist Daniel Martin told People, “Meghan draws a lot of strength from her mother. Doria is classy, chic, and confident but not unapproachable. I definitely feel Meghan gets a lot of that from her mother.”

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Her Nickname for Meghan Is “Flower”

Meghan revealed this sweet fact in her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, writing about how she once asked her mom why she had such a strong desire to act and do humanitarian work:

“‘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 effect change. ‘It’s just who you are,’ she says. (And yes, she calls me ‘Flower.’)”

She’s a “Free Spirit,” According to Meghan

Speaking of The Tig, Meghan also wrote a truly lovely article about her mom in a post called “Love Letter,” which is full of details:

“Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga instructor. Social worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips & lemon tarts. And if the DJ cues Al Green’s soul classic ‘Call Me,’ just forget it. She will swivel her hips into the sweetest little dance you’ve ever seen, swaying her head and snapping her fingers to the beat like she’s been dancing since the womb. And you will smile. You won’t be able to help it. You will look at her and you will feel joy. I’m talking about my mom.”

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Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury - Getty Images

She’s Friends With Oprah

Like, Hung! Out! At! Oprah’s! House! level friends with Oprah. Although the iconic host had some things to say about misinformed rumors that she was trying to convince Doria to do an interview:

“I love the story, it was that Meghan’s mum came to my house and she left with gifts. Do you know what the gifts were? For lunch, we had dessert with kumquats and she said, ‘I love kumquats,’ and I said, ‘I have a kumquat tree, do you want some kumquats?’ For all the people who said I’m giving her gifts, I’m trying to bribe her for an interview, they were kumquats.”

She Ran a 5K for Suicide Prevention

Doria was spotted at Los Angeles’s 21st annual Alive & Running 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention in 2019, which raised $480,000. She kept a low profile but was clearly having a great time:

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Photo credit: Robin L Marshall - Getty Images

She’s a Yoga Instructor and Social Worker

As Meghan herself told Glamour (via People), “My mom’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 lifelong sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time, my mom has always been a free spirit. She’s got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the L.A. 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.”

Doria Drove with Meghan to Her Wedding Ceremony

Chances are you didn’t miss this iconic and historic moment, but it was so special that we’ve gotta shout it out:

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Photo credit: OLI SCARFF - Getty Images

You love all the deets on the royals. So do we. Let’s overanalyze them together. ✔️

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