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  • Royal weddings are as close as you can get to fairy tales at least when it comes to the pomp and grandeur. But if there is ever a "they're just like us" family moment, it will be the relationship between Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, and her mother, Doria Ragland, who raised Meghan as a single mom. 

    Meghan has been widely admired for her confidence, dignity, and poise despite the intense pressure of scrutiny since her relationship with Prince Harry first came to light.

    And it's obvious where Meghan got it from — her 61-year-old mother who calls her "Flower."

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    Doria, a social worker and a yoga instructor in the United States, was a model of grace and elegance at the royal wedding.

    She had a huge smile in the car as she accompanied her daughter to the church. And the minute her daughter came in she held it together like, yes, a queen (even though — we think — she wanted to cry her eyes out).


    The only time Doria showed her emotions was during the signing of the registers. The parents were to accompany the newly-wedded couple, and Prince Charles offered his hand to Doria, who excitedly grabbed his hand, obviously glad to see and have a fellow parent's support. 

    The two in-laws seemed to have become buddies, even linking arms as they walked out of St. George’s Chapel together with Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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    There's an often quoted description that Meghan wrote about her mother in her now-defunct lifestyle website The Tig. And it's not surprising why people go back to it again and again — it's a daughter's love letter to the most influential person in her life.

    "Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga instructor. Social worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips & lemon tarts. And if the DJ cues Al Green’s soul classic Call Me, just forget it. She will swivel her hips into the sweetest little dance you’ve ever seen, swaying her head and snapping her fingers to the beat like she’s been dancing since the womb. And you will smile. You won’t be able to help it. You will look at her and you will feel joy. I’m talking about my mom."


    We can only imagine how proud Doria is of her daughter before Meghan even said "I will"  to Prince Harry (she was following his lead who said it first rather than "I do"). But moms all over the world are hugging Doria and saying, "Wonderful job, mom."

    See all the adorable photos of Meghan and Doria here.

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