When Doria Ragland was raising Meghan Markle, she probably hadn't thought that one day her daughter would be "Duchess of Sussex." Now Doria, a former make-up artist and yoga instructor, enjoys her privilege as the mother-in-law of Prince Harry. Not to forget, she is the maternal grandmother of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The 63-year-old, Ragland, is a former social-worker as well. Her ex-husband, Thomas Markle, is a retired television lighting director. He co-received two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the tv soap opera, General Hospital. Now, let's know more about Doria's marital life, her family/parents, net worth, and houses.
Doria Ragland Parents and Siblings
Ragland was born to parents, Jeanette Arnold (mother) and Alvin Azell Ragland (father). Jeanette was a nurse, while Alvin sold items at flea markets as an antique dealer. Do you know, Ragland's father was her mother's second husband?
Doria was born on September 2, 1956, in Cleveland, Ohio, but later moved to Los Angeles with her parents. In 1983, Ragland's father married a kindergarten teacher, Ava Burrow after divorcing with Jeannette.
Ragland has two older maternal half-siblings Joseph Jr. and Saundra Johnson. Likewise, she has a younger paternal half-brother, Joffrey Ragland.
Doria is of African-American descent, and her ancestors were enslaved in the U.S state of Georgia. She has a degree in Social Work.
Doria Ragland's Ex-Husband: Thomas Markle
Doria and her former spouse Thomas Markle were married for seven years. So, how did a couple of different races first met? Markle and Ragland first met at a Hollywood studio in the late '70s. The two got married at Self-Realisation Fellowship Temple in Los Angeles on December 23, 1979.
The couple welcomed Meghan on August 4, 1981, but they divorced when Meghan was six. Nevertheless, both Thomas and Doria took equal participation in raising their daughter.
Thomas worked as a director of photography and lighting supervisor for television shows. After the divorce, the former couple seems to be living on their own. Before Doria, Thomas was married to Roslyn Loveless. He has a daughter Samantha and Thomas Markle Jr.
Why Meghan's father didn't attend her Wedding?
The whole world witnessed Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding on May 19, 2018. During that time, Doria accompanied Meghan in the bridal car on her way to the ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. However, Thomas was missing from his daughter's big day. Was he not invited?
Well, Thomas was recovering from heart surgery. In a statement provided by Kensington Palace Meghan said:
"Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."
It is disturbing to know that the Duchess of Sussex's relationship with her dad is not joyful. Thomas was caught staging photos with the paparazzi less than a week before his daughter's wedding. Later, he made some headlines expressing disappointment at Meghan's cold behavior after the wedding.
Unlike Thomas, Meghan's mom Doria often comes in news headlines for accompanying her to the Royal Occasions. She met the Queen the day before the wedding for tea at Windsor Castle.
Meghan and Prince Harry Step Back as Senior Royals
Meghan and Prince Harry were on a 6-week vacation on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. They celebrated Christmas and New Year alongside Doria. The moment they returned, the Duke and Duchess announced the news of stepping back as Senior Royals.
Also, they made it clear that they will continue to honor their duty to the Queen, the commonwealth, and their patronages. Was their decision appropriate?
Apparently, Meghan's older half-sister Samantha Markle is not happy about the decision. In an interview with Inside Edition, she quoted the decision as a "slap in the face." Likewise, Meghan's dad, Thomas, said he felt disappointed.
After the marriage of her daughter, Meghan, with the royals, Doria can be found attending some famous public events either alone or with her daughter. She was the only family personal who attended Meghan's Royal Wedding.
On 6th May. 2019, Meghan welcomed her first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne as like, Prince George. As soon as the news spread, Doria flew to Britain to see her first grandchild. In the following month, she was seen in her grandson's christening held at a private chapel at Windsor Castle. Also, she spent nearly a month helping Prince Harry and Meghan adapt to life as new parents.
Doria Ragland Net Worth
Doria's exact net worth is under the radar, but online sources claim her net worth to be $1 Million. She is a former make-up artist and social worker. However, her current net worth didn't come from her past profession. In 2011, she inherited a house from her father in Windsor Hills, California.
Doria overcame poverty by engaging in various professions. Although she is retired now, at one point, she owned a business. Nowadays, she can be seen enjoying her life with the Royal family.
Meghan Markle Net Worth along with Acting Career
Today, she is known as the Duchess of Sussex, but she was already a renowned actress. Meghan has more than 30 credits as an actress. After her engagement with the prince, she retired from acting as she became the part of the Royal Family.
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Meghan has an estimated net worth of $5 million. Her earnings per series in Suits was around $450,000. She became famous for playing Rachel Zane in Suits.
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