Meghan Markle’s Mother, Doria Ragland, Is “Very Impressive” as She Prepares to Meet the Queen
“She is just like Meghan,” said one palace insider.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be having a final run-through of their wedding at St. George’s Chapel on Friday, to make sure that everyone is crystal clear as to what they are doing on the big day. Palace aides have told Vanity Fair that the couple will also spend the day “having final meetings” and making sure the wedding party knows exactly what to do. “They are very hands-on and have been very busy,” according to one of the aides.
It’s also a big day for Doria Ragland, Markle’s mother, who will meet Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle Friday afternoon. So far, Markle’s beloved mother has met Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Kate, meetings that royal sources say have gone down “very well. She is just like Meghan, they are very alike. Doria is delightful, very calm and collected.”
It’s Ragland the indomitable who apparently keeps things calm in a crisis, and courtiers have been impressed with her unflappable nature amid the drama surrounding Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, and his decision not to attend the wedding. “She’s great, very impressive,” says a Kensington Palace courtier.
Markle was said to be hugely relieved when her mother arrived in England, and she has been helping to keep her calm and grounded. It sounds like yoga teacher Ragland won’t have any problem charming the Queen, who is known to go out of her way to make newcomers feel welcome.
Ragland will have a key role tomorrow accompanying her daughter to the church. There will be a strict order of precedence when it comes to arrivals and the timings are set in stone, with guests due to arrive at 11:20 A.M. local time after meeting at the Windsor Farm Shop to go through security. The 600 guests will then be transported to the castle by mini-buses in order to prevent traffic jams in the town.
Harry and Markle have asked guests to leave their cameras behind, and protocol dictates that the Queen will be the last person in the church before the bride arrives. “That’s a long tradition of seniority. She’s head of state, monarch, and she comes in last,” said former Buckingham Palace press secretary Charles Anson.
So will Markle keep the groom waiting? It’s unlikely, says Anson. “I don’t think Meghan will be late because she will know the wedding must run like clockwork and she won’t want to keep the Queen waiting. The Queen likes things done correctly, particularly when the ceremony is involved, but if Meghan is late there will likely be a good reason and the Queen will be flexible.”
Source: VANITY FAIR
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