Meghan Markle’s ‘lucky’ mother Doria Ragland was not present at Lilbet’s birth but is helping the couple at their $14 million Montecito mansion, sources tell Page Six
- Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, 64, ‘wasn’t present at Lilbet’s birth’
- Yoga teacher from LA is ‘delighted’ with the arrival of her first granddaughter
- Doria, who flew to London before Archie’s birth in 2019, ‘now helps Harry and Meghan in Montecito’s mansion’
Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was not present at Lilbet’s birth, but is now helping her daughter and Prince Harry at their $14 million Montecito mansion, according to reports.
The 64-year-old yoga teacher is “happy” at the arrival of her first granddaughter and is assisting the new parents, sources say. Page six.
The 7lb 11oz baby – whose middle name is Diana – was born Friday night, UK time, at California’s Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000.
Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was not present at Lilbet’s birth, but is now helping her daughter and Prince Harry at their $14 million Montecito mansion, according to reports. Doria is pictured with Prince Philip, the Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan meeting baby Archie in 2019
Known as ‘Lilibet’ by close members of the royal family, the Queen originated when she was a child and had difficulty pronouncing Elizabeth, and was used by her father, King George VI.
It’s thought that “Lili,” as the baby will be called, is also a tribute to Doria, who Meghan has always called “her flower.”
Doria, who lives near Meghan and Harry in LA, flew to London for the birth of Archie, the couple’s first child in 2019, to prepare Meghan for her first child.
According to Meghan’s biographers, it was also Doria who told her ex-husband Thomas Markle the news of her grandson’s birth.
The 64-year-old yoga teacher is “happy” with the arrival of her first granddaughter and assisting the new parents, sources told Page Six. Meghan is pictured with Harry while pregnant with Lili
In Finding Freedon, the book about how the Sussex left the Firm, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write: ‘Doria sent Thomas the news that Meghan had asked her.
“The new mom didn’t want him to find out after the rest of the world. But she didn’t want to know if her father had answered her mother’s text.’
It comes as experts have claimed that Lilibet could prove she’s a “patch baby” helping to “bring the family back to some form of normalcy.”
The Queen’s 11th grandchild arrived just days before both Prince William and Harry are expected to reunite in public at the unveiling of the statue of their late mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Angela Levin claimed: ‘Before she’s even a month old, Lilibet was able to prove herself as a ‘patch baby’ – a patch in royal form to bring the family back to some form of normalcy after the turbulent year and a half since Megxit led to several rounds of very public – and sometimes painful – soul-giving.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet, could prove she’s a ‘patch baby’ helping to ‘bring the family back to some form of normalcy’, royal expert Angela Levin claimed. Pictured, during the bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat
It comes after the Duke of Sussex dropped a series of nuclear ‘truth bombs’ on the royal family during recent interviews.
In his new five-part AppleTV+ documentary series starring Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry accused them of “total silence” and “neglect” when Meghan was suicidal, claiming that his father, Prince Charles, made him “suffer” as a child and insisted that he would not be “silently bullied” when he claimed that “The Firm” had “locked up”, smeared and dumped them.
In candid interviews, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife felt abandoned by his relatives and that this was one of their “biggest reasons” for moving to California last year.
He told Oprah: ‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence,’ adding: ‘I thought my family would help, but every question, every request, every warning, whatever it is, was simply answered with total silence, total neglect. We’ve been trying for four years to make it work.’
Sweet family nickname for Queen who inspired Harry and Meghan’s name for their daughter
Lilibet – the nickname of the Queen’s family – was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.
Her grandfather, King George V, affectionately called her “Lilibet” and imitated her own attempts to say Elizabeth.
The sweet nickname stuck and from then on she became Lilibet to her family.
The Duke of Edinburgh also called his wife Lilibet and wrote to his mother-in-law after their marriage: “Lilibet is the one ‘thing’ in the world that is absolutely real to me.”
Harry and Meghan’s new daughter – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – will be known as Lili. A variation on Lily, the flower is often seen as a symbol of purity, devotion, rebirth and fertility.
Lili’s middle name Diana honors Harry’s future mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It’s no surprise that the couple chose to pay tribute to Diana, who was killed in a car accident in 1997 when Harry was just 12.
Lili was born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1. Her niece Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names, as does Elizabeth. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are set to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace on her birthday, but the arrangements have yet to be confirmed amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.
The Sussexes’ tribute to the queen is probably seen as an olive branch for the monarch and the rest of the family.
Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into crisis with their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist comment about their son Archie’s skin color before he was born.
They also said the institution did not help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the televised interview with Winfrey, the Sussexes praised the queen.
Harry spoke of his respect for his grandmother, while Meghan said, “The Queen … has always been wonderful to me.”