There are some cool moms out there — but Doria Ragland takes it to a whole other level. While so many of Meghan Markle‘s family members have yapped to the press about anything and everything, then got mad at her for not being invited to the wedding, they could have learned a thing or 20 from Doria, who kept her mouth shut, her pride obvious, and has rightfully been giving the royal VIP treatment like the queen that she is.
On Friday evening, Meghan and Doria were seen arriving at Cliveden House Hotel, where she stayed before the wedding, having just left the Queen at Windsor Castle. But it was the big day itself that proved not only does Meghan deserve the attention of the world, Doria does as well.
We saw her often throughout the broadcast of the nuptials and marvelled at how she held her composure — but she wasn’t a robot. You could feel the excitement, the anxiousness, the emotion, the love coming from her. Sure, she broke, like many parents do, as she teared up during the ceremony, but overall, tears included, she was a class act throughout, proving that old adage true: like mother, like daughter.
Doria did what she could to ensure that all eyes were on her daughter, as she wore an understated pale green day coat and dress with white floral embroidery by Oscar de la Renta, and a small hat by Stephen Jones, but despite her attempts, people couldn’t help but throw Ms. Ragland a little love. OK, a LOT of love.
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) May 19, 2018
I’m sorry but I am just in love with Doria Ragland – the love and pride in her eyes, her grace and cool under considerable pressure, her vulnerable and beautiful humanity standing out like a lighthouse in a sea of royalty, entitlement and privilege ❤❤❤ #RoyalWedding
— Piers Torday (@PiersTorday) May 19, 2018
How I admire Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother. She’s there all alone – not another friend or child in sight – and has represented her daughter (and America, incidentally!) with 100% dignity and class. Lovely.
— Carol Platt Liebau (@CPLiebau) May 19, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) May 19, 2018
Doria and Charles walking off together as proud parents 😫 #RoyalWedding
— Kate Middleton Fans (@RoyallyKate) May 19, 2018
That was a really genuine smile from Prince Charles as he took Doria’s hand. I love that. #RoyalWedding
— Rachel Hawkins (@LadyHawkins) May 19, 2018
I just want to know what Doria and Charles are talking about because they seem to have become buddies and I kind of love it. #RoyalWedding
— Your favorite problematic fave (@Karnythia) May 19, 2018
Meghan Markle looks STUNNING.
Doria Ragland is rocking locks and a nose ring. BADASS. QUEEN.
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) May 19, 2018
I know this is Meghan’s day, but can we take a moment to appreciate Doria?
She raised a woman who is revolutionizing the British monarchy as we watch. Bishop Curry’s sermon alone, is a big deal.
— Celeste P. (@Celeste_pewter) May 19, 2018
— Amma Asante (@AmmaAsante) May 19, 2018
The look of a mom but also an American black mother who just witnessed her daughter become Duchess of Sussex. 😢 So happy for Doria Ragland. #HarryandMeghan #MeghanMarkle
The world will change even if there are those who don’t want it to. ❤ pic.twitter.com/8U1QbbW7Hb
— nicki 🤓 (@nickiknowsnada) May 19, 2018
Swoon. We all could use a little more Doria in our lives. We’re totally fine if she wants to hang out in the U.K. longer, and with the recent news that she quit her job, perhaps she will. We might not necessarily deserve her but we’ll take all we can get. Congrats to Meghan and Harry, but also? Ecstatic for Doria.