Meghan Markle’s mom deserved to be at the second row, and here’s why:
While tears were shed in remembrance of Princess Diana’s youngest son getting hitched, the world also turned its eyes to another unlikely heroine in the story that so many women of color, especially black women, can relate to: Doria Ragland, the strong, silent, beautiful single mother ready to support her child and the enormous role she was marrying into.
But shouldn’t this beautiful 61 year old been seated front and center at St. George’s Chapel while she watched Meghan take her vows to Prince Harry, instead of second row? The Internet asked.
Well, here’s your answer.
For one, it’s the seating plan decided on by the newly hitched royal couple, which they worked on with their coordinator from the Lord Chamberlain’s office. Secondly, the cameras could capture her better.
And boy did it. Alongside Doria, the world wept, listened, smiled, and cheered at the history her daughter and Prince Harry were making.
It’s important to note too that Queen Elizabeth II was seated in second row, but on the opposite side of Momma Ragland.
But since she made her quiet presence felt in the days leading up to the royal wedding, people have fallen inlove with Doria:
Meghan Markle is clearly the only attractive and intelligent child that Thomas Markle ever had. I think it’s fair to say that the lovely Doria Ragland is responsible for that. #RoyalWedding
— 𝓚𝓪𝓽 ⚖️ (@TheKathyBray) May 16, 2018
This image of soon-to-be Royal Princess Megan Markle and her beautiful black mother Doria Ragland just hours before her royal wedding gives me goosebumps. 👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6rU4pbsZHm
— Chris Witherspoon (@WitherspoonC) May 18, 2018
Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland is one of the best things about this royal wedding. 😍 [AP] pic.twitter.com/wbwVYrGblC
— Abby Hamblin (@abbyhamblin) May 18, 2018
And now I must take off my hat, finish my champagne and thank God for #MeghanMarkle and Mother Doria Ragland for bringing class and dignity , gospel music, black history, honor to the slaves and true LOVE to the royal family. It was Faaaaaabulous! pic.twitter.com/PgfGM3pblr
— sheryl lee ralph (@thesherylralph) May 19, 2018
I think about what Meghan’s mom #DoriaRagland is experiencing. She’s my age exactly. From being born into Jim Crow era to Buckingham Palace WOW. Of all the stuff your kids can get you into bet she never saw this coming 👸🏾🤣🤦🏾♀️😩🤯
— It’s Just Me lee (@leele505) May 10, 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
Plus the fact she chose to wear her hair in locs meant so many things to women in the black community, who don’t often get to see their natural hair in places and events as grand and global as a British royal wedding:
— Mae 🌻💛 (@mmdotk) May 19, 2018