Meghan Markle's Childhood Experiences Inspired Her Modern Day Charity Work

A source close to Meghan Markle revealed that her childhood experiences with her mom, Doria Ragland, inspired Meghan's charity work as an adult.

  • Long before she joined the royal family, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) has been known for her dedication to charity.
  • A source close to the Duchess of Sussex said that her early childhood experiences with her mother, Doria Ragland, inspired Meghan's charitable spirit.
  • Doria is still inspiring new ways for Meghan to give back and was reportedly behind Prince Harry and Meghan's decision to volunteer with Project Angel Food (opens in new tab) in Los Angeles this month.

As the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) has become known the world over for her intense dedication to charitable work. Meghan's commitment to giving back (opens in new tab) didn't start when she met Prince Harry (opens in new tab) though. In fact, the roots of her giving spirit can be traced way, way back to her childhood in Los Angeles.

Like many of the most amazing things about Meghan, it turns out her mom, Doria Ragland (opens in new tab), deserves a lot of the credit.

"Meghan didn’t have much when she was a child, but her mom made sure they always gave back," a royal source told People (opens in new tab)

Doria hasn't stopped inspiring Meghan to give back (opens in new tab). She is reportedly the person who suggested (opens in new tab) that Meghan and Harry (opens in new tab) should volunteer to deliver meals in Los Angeles (opens in new tab) with the charity Project Angel Food.

"[Meghan] said she wanted to do something to give back on Easter and was talking to her mom and her mom told her that Project Angel Food needs help and Meghan said, 'Yes, brilliant,'" Richard Ayoub (opens in new tab), Project Angel Food’s executive director, told the publication earlier this month (opens in new tab).

Doria Ragland deserves all the awards.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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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.