Ragland stepped out in support of Harry’s endeavor, she wasn’t the first potential royal mother-in-law to do so

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Camberley, UNITED KINGDOM: Britain Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton (C) arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, 15 December 2006. Prince William was among the 446 officer cadets on parade, of which 227 passed out receiving their commision and becoming officers. Prince William is to join the Household Cavalry in The Blues and Royals. AFP PHOTO POOL TIM CLARKE (Photo credit should read TIM CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)
Camberley, UNITED KINGDOM: Britain Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton (C) arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, 15 December 2006. Prince William was among the 446 officer cadets on parade, of which 227 passed out receiving their commision and becoming officers. Prince William is to join the Household Cavalry in The Blues and Royals. AFP PHOTO POOL TIM CLARKE (Photo credit should read TIM CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet My Mom! See Carole Middleton vs. Meghan Markle’s Mom Doria Meeting their Daughters’ Princes

Meeting the parents is even more fraught when there’s a “Prince” before your boyfriend’s name.

Meghan Markle‘s mom, Doria Ragland, made headlines over the weekend when she accompanied her daughter to the Invictus Games closing ceremonies on Sept. 30 — along with Markle’s boyfriend of 15 months, Prince Harry.

In a private box, Markle and Ragland joined Harry, Markle’s pal Jessica Mulroney and Soho House consultant Markus Anderson, who introduced Harry and Markle last year. Before Harry joined them, he spoke on stage, with Markle and Ragland clapping in the audience.

“We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support,” Markle told Glamour of her mom, calling her one of 10 women who “changed my life.” “That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend.”

Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton (l) with her mother Carole and father Michael (r) at the parade ground at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, for today's Sovereign's parade.   (Photo by Tim Ockenden/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton (l) with her mother Carole and father Michael (r) at the parade ground at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, for today’s Sovereign’s parade. (Photo by Tim Ockenden/PA Images via Getty Images)
Camberley, UNITED KINGDOM:  Britain Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton (C) arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, 15 December 2006. Prince William was among the 446 officer cadets on parade, of which 227 passed out receiving their commision and becoming officers. Prince William is to join the Household Cavalry in The Blues and Royals. AFP PHOTO POOL TIM CLARKE  (Photo credit should read TIM CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)
Camberley, UNITED KINGDOM: Britain Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton (C) arrives at the Sovereign’s Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, 15 December 2006. Prince William was among the 446 officer cadets on parade, of which 227 passed out receiving their commision and becoming officers. Prince William is to join the Household Cavalry in The Blues and Royals. AFP PHOTO POOL TIM CLARKE (Photo credit should read TIM CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)

It was a big milestone for Harry and Markle’s relationship: The first public confirmation that he’s met her mom. But when Ragland stepped out in support of Harry’s endeavor, she wasn’t the first potential royal mother-in-law to do so.

Meghan Markle enjoyed the ceremony with her mum, two best friends and Prince Harry Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Meghan Markle enjoyed the ceremony with her mum, two best friends and Prince Harry Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a cheeky kiss during the closing ceremony in Toronto Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a cheeky kiss during the closing ceremony in Toronto Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a cheeky kiss during the closing ceremony in Toronto Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a cheeky kiss during the closing ceremony in Toronto Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Prince Harry met with Meghan Markle’s mum at the Invictus Games last night Photo (C) WIREIMAGES
Prince Harry met with Meghan Markle’s mum at the Invictus Games last night Photo (C) WIREIMAGES

Back in 2006, Kate Middleton‘s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, joined their daughter to celebrate a major accomplishment of Kate’s then-boyfriend Prince William, just as Ragland did with Harry. All three Middletons attended William’s graduation from Sandhurst Military Academy. Just like Ragland’s attendance at the Invictus Games, the move caught attention from the press and royal watchers alike. (Also at the event, Carole got her first taste of public scrutiny when she was called out in the press for chewing gum.)

Though Harry hasn’t been dating Markle for quite as long as William and Kate had been by the time of their public parental debut, it can also be assumed that the closing ceremonies weren’t the site of his first meeting with Ragland. You’d have to imagine Harry would prefer to mark the milestone in a place where they weren’t likely to be snapped by photographers or be under the watchful gaze of an audience of thousands.

Meghan Markle and boyfriend Prince Harry at the Invictus Games with Meghan's mother Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Meghan Markle and boyfriend Prince Harry at the Invictus Games with Meghan’s mother Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

So, what does a parent’s attendance at a major royal event mean? Well, for William and Kate, it didn’t signify an engagement around the corner. There were still four more years and a short-lived breakup that came before they announced their engagement in November 2010.

Source: PEOPLE COM
Tags: Meghan Markle, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Prince William, Royals Engagement

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