Was Doria Ragland Not Invited to Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower?

Meghan Markle recently spent a few days in New York City to celebrate her pregnancy with some of her closest friends in the United States. The Duchess’ visit was planned but was unknown to the public until she arrived. However, despite most of the people Meghan loved being there, one very important person was missing: Doria Ragland. Did Doria choose not to attend the baby shower, or was she not invited?

Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry
Was Meghan’s mother invited to the NYC baby shower? | Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan and her mother have always been close

Meghan’s family has brought plenty of drama to her life ever since she began dating Prince Harry. But one person who has always stuck by her side is the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland. Ever since Meghan was a child, she always had an incredibly close relationship with her mother. Doria frequently taught yoga, and she is the one who introduced it to Meghan. Meghan gets a lot of who she is from her mother. Meghan had a close relationship with her father, too, but things supposedly became rocky as she got older.

Now that Meghan lives in the U.K., she doesn’t see her mother too much

Doria was front and center at Meghan and Harry’s wedding. She arrived in advance for the big day and helped her daughter prepare everything. The queen appeared to take a liking to Meghan’s mother and invited Doria to tea with both her and Prince Philip. But since the wedding ended, Meghan hasn’t seen her mother too often. Between getting ready for the baby’s arrival and taking on all of the duties that come with being a royal, Meghan’s schedule has been very crowded.

When Meghan came to New York City to celebrate, her mother did not attend

Meghan surprised everyone when she magically appeared in New York City last week. The duchess had taken some vacation time to cross the pond and see the friends in the U.S. that she can no longer hang out with very often. Meghan and her friends all met up in New York City for a baby shower to celebrate the newest royal family member. Among those who joined the Duchess were Abigal Spencer and Misha Nonoo, who are Meghan’s former Suits costars. Her best friend, Jessica Mulroney, was also in attendance. Serena Williams and Meghan also grabbed a bite to eat after the shower. However, one woman not in attendance was Meghan’s mother.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle in New York City | James Devaney/GC Images

It’s likely that Doria was invited but chose not to attend

When Doria failed to make an appearance during Meghan’s New York City vacay, people immediately wondered why her mother would have missed out on the occasion. Some suggested Doria may not have been invited, but it’s more likely that she opted not to attend. Meghan was having the shower with only her closest friends, and Doria probably felt that Meghan should use the time catch up with girlfriends. Since Meghan is one is the busiest women in the world, her mother probably knew it would be a while before her daughter saw these girls again. Also, Doria is supposedly going to spend some time in England once the baby arrives.

It seems unlikely that Meghan wouldn’t invite her mother to such an occasion. Priyanka Chopra also didn’t attend the shower. It’s unclear why, but she’s someone else who was most likely on the guest list but didn’t make it for her own reasons.

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