Meghan Markle, 37, had just one family member present on her wedding day – her mother, Doria Ragland, 61. The two are believed to be extremely close, often spotted heading to yoga classes together, and with Doria accompanying Meghan at Cliveden House the night before her wedding day. Following the drama with her father Thomas Markle and half-siblings Samantha and Thomas Jr, it is reported that Meghan’s mother is now ’moving to London’ to be closer to her only daughter. According to a source, Doria is said to be packing up her home in Los Angeles to move across the Pond. Talking to Express.co.uk, a source in LA said that Doria is “beside herself” at becoming neighbours with Harry and Meghan. Possibly setting herself up for a move, Doria quit her job as a social worker for LA’s Didi Hirsch
Mental Health Services clinic back in May. The source revealed: “She is getting ready to move to London. I think she will be going as soon as possible. I know that she was eager to live closer to her daughter. “She hasn’t been staying at her house for a while now. She has only visited the house very occasionally and when she is there she has had a security guard with her. He has been with her since about November. “She is fiercely loyal to Meghan and would never betray her like the rest of them. They are so close.” The former social worker was the only member of Meghan’s family present at her wedding to Prince Harry in May, and at the time, was even rumoured to be possibly walking her down the aisle. Doria is believed to be making the move ahead of her 62nd birthday in September. Meghan’s mum is said to have fallen “in love with England”, telling the source on her return to the US after the Royal Wedding that “it’s somewhere she believes she too could happily live.” The move could possibly also be preparing for when, or if, Meghan does fall pregnant, with Doria able to be on hand to support her daughter through the pregnancy. Having Doria live in London will mean the future Sussex children will have a grandparent from Meghan’s side of the family around them. Doria has remained loyal to her daughter while Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, and half-siblings Samantha and Thomas Jr, have conducted public interviews negatively portraying the Duchess. The former lighting technician spoke up again in a recent explosive interview, calling his daughter’s husband Prince Harry “rude”. Meghan and her father are said to not have spoken since he pulled out of the Royal Wedding last minute, apart from the occasional text message. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Thomas spoke out against the Royals. Admitting he lied to Prince Harry about staged paparazzi photos, he went on to say the timing of Harry’s phone call to tell him off for being involved in the pictures was “rude”.
He did accept Harry was “absolutely right” to criticise his decision to set up the staged photos, but was unhappy with being phoned while he was in hospital recovering from a heart attack. Previously, the pair enjoyed a series of “warm and chatty” phone calls ahead of Meghan and Harry’s big day. Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1961 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle. Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior. Actress Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002. She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses. Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself. Charity and humanitarian work Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart. She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign. And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day. Relationships In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004. But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference. She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends. And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement. They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Meghan’s heritage Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family. Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage. She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.