The important role Meghan Markle's mum will play when the royal baby arrives

Royal Family 08/02/2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan's baby hasn't arrived yet, but he or she already has many fans worldwide. 

Front and centre of the top fans will no doubt be Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, and it looks like she's going to play a key role in the first few weeks of the royal baby's life. 

"Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild," Kensington Palace said in the official statement back in October, when Meghan's pregnancy was first announced. 

And no doubt her excitement will continue after the birth: "I think her mum is going to be hugely important to her in these first few weeks, like all mums are. It's about supporting the mother as well as helping with the baby," said Royal commentator Victoria Murphy. 

"With the royals, the biggest thing for them is this issue of trust and finding people who they can really trust. Of course, Meghan knows she can really trust her mum. Her mum is definitely going to be a pivotal figure."

Meghan's always been candid about her mother's kind and welcoming nature in past interviews, saying: "For me to watch this level of lifelong sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mum has always been a free spirit. She's got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I'll still find so much solace in her support."

It's unclear whether Doria will be moving to London from her permanent home in LA after the baby's birth, but it's certain she will play a huge role in the tiny royal's life.