Who is Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland? ‘Free spirit’ mother of the bride, 61, looks young enough to be her sister

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This is where she gets her good genes from – although she hasn’t copied her mum’s nose ring.

Prince Harry is set to tie the knot with US actress Meghan Markle on May 19.

But he’s not just committing to her. The marriage will connect the British royals to a whole new, all-American family – and they’re quite different to the Queen and Prince Philip.

So, what are they like? Meghan has previously gushed about her ‘free spirit’ yoga instructor mum, Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles and rocks dreadlocks and a nose ring.

We first got a glimpse of Doria at the Invictus Games in October.

After 17 months of keeping a low profile while dating, Harry and Meghan stepped out together for their first properly public display of affection – and she brought her mum along.

Meghan and Doria showed their support for Harry by attending the closing ceremony of the games: an international, multi-sport event for Paralympians which the young prince founded in 2014.

Meghan’s mum is in her early 60s, but her youthful complexion makes her look more like a sister than a mother to Markle.

Born in 1956, Doria later became a social worker and yoga instructor in California, and the latter might give us a clue as to how she’s stayed looking more like her daughter’s sister.

She gave birth to daughter Meghan in August 1981 and divorced her father Thomas when she was six.

Meghan has opened up about her ‘free spirit’ mum in the past, crediting her with being one of the actress’ biggest influencers in life.

She told Glamour magazine: “My mum’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 life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mum has always been a free spirit.

“She’s got dread locks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA 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.”

Meghan addressed being mixed race in an article about her background, saying: “While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they’re after: ‘My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African-American.'”

“I like to think he was drawn to her sweet eyes and her Afro, plus their shared love of antiques,” she writes. “Whatever it was, they married and had me.

“They moved into a house in The Valley in LA to a neighborhood that was leafy and affordable. What it was not, however, was diverse. And there was my mom, caramel in complexion with her light-skinned baby in tow, being asked where my mother was since they assumed she was the nanny.”

Doria is believed to be planning an interview with Oprah Winfrey to open up about the race hate her family has suffered since her daughter’s engagement.

Meghan’s mum apparently met Oprah for six hours at her £70million California hacienda in early May to thrash out ideas for the groundbreaking interview.

It is thought Doria needs the green light from Buckingham Palace to go ahead.

In May 2016, Meghan proudly posted a photograph with her mum graduating from the University of Southern California.

When the royal romance was still a secret, Doria was approached by the Daily Mail and told her daughter would make history if she did marry Prince Harry – becoming the first mixed race woman ever to join the Royal Family.

Doria reportedly chuckled and said: “No. Look, I really can’t say anything.”

The 61-year-old will be playing an important part in the royal wedding, accompanying Meghan in the bridal car on her way to the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Dad Thomas Markle will then take over to walk his daughter down the aisle.

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