Doria Ragland Visited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry This Summer

This summer, Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, reported visited her daughter and her son-in-law, Prince Harry, for an "extended visit" in the UK. She stayed with the couple at the Oxfordshire home without being noticed by the press.

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It feels like every single move the royal family makes is public knowledge, but they can actually be very stealthy when they want to be.

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Like, for example, you probably didn't realize that Meghan Markle's mom (opens in new tab)Doria Ragland (opens in new tab), spent some time in the UK this summer, visiting her daughter and her royal son-in-law, Prince Harry (opens in new tab). (If you did, congratulations, because you have professional royal commentator levels of royal knowledge...and possibly a royal restraining order.)

News of Doria's stay in the United Kingdom comes courtesy of royal commentator Omid Scobie (opens in new tab), who recently discussed Meghan's mom's top secret British vacation on Good Morning America (opens in new tab).

In a tweet about the news, Scobie revealed that Doria "visited Prince Harry (opens in new tab) and her daughter for an extended stay at their Oxfordshire (opens in new tab) home this summer." Somehow (although, TBH, we're not sure how) royal watchers the world over missed it.

Scobie added that Doria maintains "a close relationship with Harry and continues to be a pillar of strength for Meghan," which we did know. Earlier this summer, news broke that Doria was reportedly planning a permanent move to the UK (opens in new tab) to be closer to Meghan (opens in new tab). Could her "extended stay" in Oxfordshire have been a test run for the permanent move?

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If Doria does decide to move to the UK, she'll be in good company. Not only will she be close to her daughter (opens in new tab), with whom she's famously close, she'll also have the chance to strengthen her already impressive bonds with her new in-laws. Before the royal wedding, Doria got tea with Queen Elizabeth II (opens in new tab) and they reportedly hit it off and she's said to have a great relationship with Harry (opens in new tab), as well.

Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.