Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, has arrived in London ahead of her daughter’s wedding next week.
“Doria will be meeting Harry and Meghan’s nearest and dearest while she’s here, including close friend Jessica Mulroney, who arrives on Monday,” royal reporter Omid Scobie told ABC’s Good Morning America.
“It’s no doubt a stressful and very busy time for Meghan so having her mother by her side, especially on Mother’s Day, will no doubt alleviate some of those nerves.”
In North America, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
Doria will be staying at Kensington Palace while she’s in London. Meghan and Prince Harry currently live in Nottingham Cottage, a two-bedroom apartment on the grounds of the palace, but renovations at the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s 21-bedroom apartment next door to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had reporters wondering if the soon-to-be newlyweds will upgrade their home in the near future.
Doria, Scobie noted, would have her daughter and future son-in-law to “help guide her along the way, teach her protocol and, of course, perfect her curtsey.”
Scobie also spoke of Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, noting that he will join his daughter and ex-wife in London next week.
“He’ll be joining Doria and Harry and Meghan at the private wedding rehearsal at Windsor Castle, where it will be the parents’ first chance to see just how big this fairytale wedding is,” Scobie revealed.
It will also be Prince Harry’s first time meeting his future father-in-law. Harry previously met Doria during the Invictus Games in 2017.
On 19 May, Meghan will have the support of both parents as she weds her prince. Her mother will ride with her to St George’s Chapel while her father will walk her down the aisle.
Doria and Thomas divorced when Meghan was six, but maintained a close relationship for Meghan’s sake.