Here’s why Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, sat by herself during the royal wedding

If you watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding that transpired last May 19, you may noticed that woman in green who was sitting alone. It was none other than Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

While most parents would want to watch their child marry the love of his or her life together, Doria didn’t mind watching her daughter marry Prince Harry alone. The stunning mother, who donned a pastel green ensemble, had her hands clasped together while her daughter and the prince exchanged their vows.

Now, you may be wondering where was Meghan’s father during this special occasion.

Apparently, Thomas Markle Sr., could not attend because he had been struck down by cardiac arrest. Thomas and Doria divorced back in 1987, 6 years after Meghan was born. Despite being by herself, the mother of the newly crowned Duchess of Sussex was beaming with pride. The mother couldn’t help but be very emotional throughout her daughter’s royal wedding.

The tears of joy fell once Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged their vows.

Netizens quickly praised Doria Ragland for being both a mother and father figure to her daughter that day. For instance, one netizen wrote:

“Beautifiully [sic] dressed Doria sitting alone in such a beautiful historical moment shows strength, & grace that must be an inspiration to Meghan.” 

Another netizen said:

“Kudos to #DoriaRagland for sitting there alone representing. It can’t be easy with all that pressure and scrutiny.”

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SOURCES: Harper’s Bazaar | Kami
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