Ragland in May 2018 prior to her daughter's wedding
Doria Loyce Ragland
September 22, 1956
|Education||University of Southern California (MSW)|
|Occupation||Makeup artist · business owner · yoga instructor · social worker|
(m. 1979; div. 1987)
|Children||Meghan, Duchess of Sussex|
|Relatives||Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (grandson)|
Doria Loyce Ragland (born September 2, 1956) is the mother of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the mother-in-law of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and the maternal grandmother of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who is seventh in line to the British throne. She is a former makeup artist, business owner, yoga instructor, and former social worker who served in the mental health sector from 2015 to 2018.
Born on September 2, 1956 [a] to an African-American family in Cleveland, Ohio, Doria Ragland is the daughter of Jeanette Arnold (1929–2000) and her second husband Alvin Ragland (1929–2011). Her mother was a nurse and her father was an antique dealer who sold items at flea markets. Ragland's maternal grandparents, James and Netty Arnold, worked as a bellhop and an elevator operator, respectively, at the whites-only Hotel St. Regis on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. When Ragland was a baby, her parents moved to Los Angeles. She attended Fairfax High School. Ragland's parents divorced, and in 1983 her father married Ava Burrow, a kindergarten teacher, who is close to Ragland's age and to whom Ragland remained close after that marriage also ended in divorce. Ragland has two older maternal half-siblings, Joseph Jr. and Saundra Johnson, and a younger paternal half-brother, Joffrey Ragland.[b]
Career and education
After high school, Ragland worked as a makeup artist, where she later met her former husband Thomas Markle while employed at the studio for the television show General Hospital. She later worked as a travel agent and she also owned a small business, before filing for bankruptcy in the mid 2000s. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at an undisclosed university. In 2015, Ragland passed her social work licensing exam in California, after having received a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2011. Ragland worked as a social worker for a mental health clinic, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, in Culver City, California for three years. Ragland resigned from the clinic in May 2018, soon after Meghan's wedding ceremony. Ragland has also worked as a yoga instructor.
Ragland married lighting director Thomas Markle, at Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Hollywood by Brother Bhaktananda on December 23, 1979. She and Markle had a daughter, Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981.[c] Their marriage ended in divorce in 1987 or 1988. The divorce was reportedly amicable, and both contributed to the raising of their daughter. Ragland resides in View Park–Windsor Hills, California, in a house she inherited from her father in 2011. She has accompanied her daughter to public events such as the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Invictus Games. She attended the wedding of her daughter and Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family, in 2018.
- A genealogical blog published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society contains an essay by a staff member that says she was born September 15, 1956. An entertainment news site that bills itself as a "your daily dose of gossip" gives her birth date as September 2, 1956. Ancestry.co.uk also gives her date of birth as September 2, 1956.
- According to information passed down (much of it verbally) from earlier generations the Ragland name came from William Ragland, a Methodist who had emigrated during the eighteenth century from Cornwall, England to North America, settling successively in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. It is inferred by family members that Doria Ragland's first identifiable African American Ragland ancestor was Richard Ragland, born in Jonesboro, Georgia, in 1830; he lived long enough to experience the abolition of slavery in 1865.
- The New Yorker magazine mentions that the relationship between Meghan and her mother is close. The article quotes Meghan as saying of their relationship as being an "us against the world". Meghan paid for her mother to attend graduate school when she became wealthy. On Meghan's blog she is quoted as saying in a Mother's Day post "There's no Imitation of Life drama", referring to a film in which a light-skinned daughter that has been passing for white shuns her dark-skinned mother.
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...While Meghan Markle is headed across the pond for the royal wedding, her roots are deeply connected to Ohio.
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She (Doria) also worked as a travel agent....
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But Markle's mother lives in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighbourhood, which is one of the wealthiest, primarily African American areas in the US.
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