‘Meghan will feel com­forted when Meghan Do­ria moves in af­ter the baby’

As it’s re­vealed that the Duchess of Sus­sex is ex­pect­ing her first baby, royal cor­re­spon­dent Jen­nie Bond tells Closer that Meghan’s mum will play a key role, and that the nurs­ery is al­ready un­der­way

Closer (UK) - - News - By Joel Cooper


She’s been the Duchess of Sus­sex’s rock through­out her whirl­wind rise from Hol­ly­wood ac­tress to cel­e­brated royal. And now, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that Meghan and Prince Harry are ex­pect­ing their first baby, Do­ria Ragland will re­port­edly be mak­ing the move across the pond to the UK to sup­port her preg­nant daugh­ter ahead of their new ar­rival next spring.

Meghan’s mother Do­ria, a yoga teacher from Los An­ge­les, was thrust into the spot­light af­ter her daugh­ter fell in love with Prince Harry, 34, and de­spite the dis­tance be­tween them when the ac­tress, 37, moved to Lon­don, she has been sup­port­ing her through a chal­leng­ing year.

Now, royal cor­re­spon­dent Jen­nie Bond tells Closer that when Do­ria, 62, re­port­edly moves to the UK early next year, it’s likely she will live on the royal grounds at Kens­ing­ton Palace to re­main close to the cou­ple, who are cur­rently on a 16-day tour of Aus­tralia.


Jen­nie says, “There are very strong ru­mours that Do­ria will move to the UK, and I think Harry and Meghan would gladly wel­come her into their home. She is likely to tem­po­rar­ily live on the royal grounds at Kens­ing­ton Palace to be close-by af­ter the baby is born. As Meghan’s fam­ily and friends are mostly all over the US, I’m sure Do­ria’s pres­ence will be a much-needed com­fort for her.”

The royal baby – which is due next spring – will be Harry and Meghan’s first child and sev­enth in line to the throne.

And Jen­nie says that Meghan will be well-looked af­ter in the royal house­hold dur­ing her preg­nancy, and the royal nurs­ery at their 21-room cot­tage will have al­ready been set up.

She adds, “Meghan will have help, ad­vice, guid­ance and sup­port at the click of her fin­gers. She will have med­i­cal help on hand at all times and when­ever she needs it, and I’m sure she’ll have doc­tors come to their cot­tage reg­u­larly for check-ups. There may be ex­tra se­cu­rity on her now, too.

“The nurs­ery will be made ready for them. With 21 rooms, they would have had quite a lot of choice. I’m sure those plans will al­ready be in place as the dec­o­ra­tors have al­ready been in re­cently. With Wil­liam and Kate right next door, the kids will be grow­ing up to­gether and the child will have the per­fect play­mates.”

Af­ter the cou­ple an­nounced their joy in a royal state­ment that men­tioned Harry’s grand­mother the Queen and Do­ria be­ing over the moon at the news, Meghan’s es­tranged step-sis­ter Saman­tha Markle was quick to pub­licly bring up their fam­ily feud.

Saman­tha said, “I hope my dad is in­cluded, and at a proper time. If he is ex­cluded, I won’t be happy. It is in the best in­ter­ests of the baby.”

Meghan has re­port­edly not spo­ken to Saman­tha in over ten years, while her fa­ther Thomas, 74, hit the head­lines in May, when it was re­vealed he staged pa­parazzi shots for money and pulled out of the cou­ple’s wed­ding just days be­fore he was sup­posed to walk Meghan down the aisle.


But Jen­nie tells Closer that she be­lieves the birth of a royal baby will bring the fam­ily to­gether and that Thomas is likely to make a trip to the UK once the baby is born.

She says, “The grand­par­ents aren’t usu­ally men­tioned at all at the an­nounce­ment of a royal baby, so Saman­tha doesn’t have a right to rant about that. A joy­ful oc­ca­sion like this can bring a sense of per­spec­tive to things that have gone on be­fore, and there will be a royal chris­ten­ing, so I ex­pect we’ll see him come over to visit the child.

“I think we may see him over here once the baby is born – Meghan or the Palace would have to be heart­less not to let him come. His visit would be very care­fully con­trolled by of­fi­cials and the Palace would have to help out a lot to give him pro­tec­tion from the pa­parazzi.”

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