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Meghan Markle’s dad discusses split from Doria Ragland

Meghan and Harry have sparked an international frenzy after being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey this week, expressing intimate details about their struggles in the cabinet and their new life away from the royal family. The Duchess of Sussex has praised her mother in the past, describing her as her ‘best friend’, when she was the only member of Meghan’s family to attend her wedding to Harry. Doria was also mentioned during her CBS interview with Oprah, where Meghan praised her for not speaking in public, despite the ‘obsession’ surrounding her family.

She recalled “you never heard [Doria] say a word, ”adding that her mother“ stood in silent dignity for four years ”as she watched her daughter struggle against the pressures of royal life.

Following the bombshell interview, reports have resurfaced regarding Doria’s comments on Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down from the royal family last year.

Citing a desire to lead “financially independent” lives, the couple stepped away from their senior positions and have since made lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix.

During their conversation with Oprah, the Sussexes detailed the pressures they felt, especially with their sanity as they were part of the most recognizable family in the world.

Doria Ragland ‘encouraged Meghan Markle to take the road less traveled’ before Oprah’s cat (Image: GETTY)

Doria Ragland alongside her daughter Meghan Markle

Doria Ragland alongside her daughter Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

And Doria herself was “really worried” about Meghan, an insider said, and was “relieved that her daughter is putting her mental health and well-being first.”

The friend told the Daily Mail that Meghan’s ‘plan from the start’ was to ‘eventually leave the UK and build her own empire with Harry’.

They added just after last year’s split: “Doria is very true to herself and of course she will continue to encourage Meghan to take the road less traveled.”

The friend’s claims appeared to be backed up by royal commentator Omid Scobie, who co-wrote last year’s pro-Sussex biography Finding Freedom.

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Doria Ragland was the only member of Meghan's family at her wedding

Doria Ragland was the only member of Meghan’s family at her wedding (Image: GETTY)

He noted how Meghan’s “isolated experience” left Doria “worried”, especially as she was shocked to know that during her visit to the UK, “neither she nor her daughter have was able to get coffee in the city of Windsor “.

Harper’s Bazaar reported that a source claimed Doria told Meghan ‘you are stuck here’, while also referring to her inability to live a somewhat normal life.

The source also revealed that Doria was “delighted” that the couple agreed to step down from royal life.

Meghan’s struggles within the royal family had been clarified several times, before her admissions to Oprah.

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Doria Ragland with Prince Charles at the Royal Wedding

Doria Ragland with Prince Charles at the Royal Wedding (Image: GETTY)

In 2019, Meghan told ITV’s Tom Bradby that she “disagreed” and said “it’s not enough to survive something”.

She added while touring South Africa: “That’s not the point of life. You have to thrive. You have to feel happy.”

Speaking to Oprah, Meghan also noted that she “couldn’t just go there [out of the Palace grounds]”, And even claimed not to have access to his” passport, driver’s license or keys “.

Doria Ragland is close to Prince Harry

Doria Ragland is close to Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)

Meghan concluded that “as an adult who has lived a truly independent life and then moved into this build which is… different from what I think people imagine.

“It’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in a certain way to be able to say, yes, I mean, I’m ready to speak.

Harry himself is known to share a close bond with Doria, and reports from last year claimed he even called his stepmother “mom.”

According to The Sun, another insider described Doria as “an absolute tour de force” – “not just for Meghan but also for Harry”.

Royal family tree

Royal family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

The source continued, “Obviously he doesn’t have a mother he can turn to for advice, but he’s always been incredibly close to Doria and never more than he is today.

“Harry has enormous respect for her and for her judgment, which is why he and Meghan have spoken to her throughout what they are planning to do.”

They added: ‘She has always been the embodiment of calm and Meghan and Harry trust her and her 100% judgment.

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